Provenance Vineyards

Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

9.0377 ratings
9.120 pro ratings
Rutherford, Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.0

This one falls into the just ok category. I had hoped for a little more after 12 years in bottle.

If you like big, very dark Cabernets, then this one is for you.

While it had nice integration, well rounded and was smooth, its fruits are all very dark, blackberries, black raspberries, black plum & some dark cherries. Almost nothing in the way of mid red fruits. Heavy on; tarriness, very dark spice and the darkest of expressos. Baking spices; clove, nutmeg, some cinnamon and dull vanilla. Dry top soil & clay, stones, dry crushed rocks, touch of dry herbs with withering dark & red flowers. The acidity was round and nicely done. The long finish is elegant, smooth, somewhat balanced but, all primary in terms of darks tones.

This will age for another 10–15 years with proper storage.

Photos of; a very low sunset shot of the Estate, tasting bar & shop, the outdoor tasting patio & Estate vines.

This one falls into the just ok category. I had hoped for a little more after 12 years in bottle.

If you like big, very dark Cabernets, then this one is for you.

While it had nice integration, well rounded and was smooth, its fruits are all very dark, blackberries, black raspberries, black plum & some dark cherries. Almost nothing in the way of mid red fruits. Heavy on; tarriness, very dark spice and the darkest of expressos. Baking spices; clove, nutmeg, some cinnamon and dull vanilla. Dry top soil & clay, stones, dry crushed rocks, touch of dry herbs with withering dark & red flowers. The acidity was round and nicely done. The long finish is elegant, smooth, somewhat balanced but, all primary in terms of darks tones.

This will age for another 10–15 years with proper storage.

Photos of; a very low sunset shot of the Estate, tasting bar & shop, the outdoor tasting patio & Estate vines.

Apr 18th, 2020
Glenn Hugo

Open 01/04/2020- impressed how much fruit was present. A little dust funk, but overall the wine held up week. My first job in Napa!

Open 01/04/2020- impressed how much fruit was present. A little dust funk, but overall the wine held up week. My first job in Napa!

Jan 5th, 2020
Dr. Owen Bargreen

The 2016 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon is an excellent effort from this warm vintage in Napa Valley. On the nose the wine shows off lovely herbal undertones that combine with blackberry cobbler, mocha and anise aromatics. The palate is plush, delivering a soft and inviting mouthfeel. Wild blackberry, crushed mint, and dark chocolate covered espresso bean flavors all combine nicely in the mouth. While excellent now, this will evolve well over the next decade. Drink 2019-2029-90

The 2016 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon is an excellent effort from this warm vintage in Napa Valley. On the nose the wine shows off lovely herbal undertones that combine with blackberry cobbler, mocha and anise aromatics. The palate is plush, delivering a soft and inviting mouthfeel. Wild blackberry, crushed mint, and dark chocolate covered espresso bean flavors all combine nicely in the mouth. While excellent now, this will evolve well over the next decade. Drink 2019-2029-90

May 1st, 2019
Charles Kesmodel

The 2012 Provenance cabernet Rutherford is a very good wine with a nice nose, medium to full body and excellent taste. Very drinkable now. Much better than the 2011. Excellent buy if you can get it between 28 and 32 dollars. I score it about 90 - 91.

The 2012 Provenance cabernet Rutherford is a very good wine with a nice nose, medium to full body and excellent taste. Very drinkable now. Much better than the 2011. Excellent buy if you can get it between 28 and 32 dollars. I score it about 90 - 91.

4 people found it helpfulFeb 17th, 2015
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.1

Garnet red with some browning on the edges. On day one the nose was very muted with just a little chalk and cassis, but on day two the nose opened up a little more with some more dark berries and a slight undertone of acetone. Well integrated and solid tannins (6/10), moderate plus body and moderate finish. Solid body for a 14 year old bottle, and some aged dark fruits on the attack. Drink till 2019.

Garnet red with some browning on the edges. On day one the nose was very muted with just a little chalk and cassis, but on day two the nose opened up a little more with some more dark berries and a slight undertone of acetone. Well integrated and solid tannins (6/10), moderate plus body and moderate finish. Solid body for a 14 year old bottle, and some aged dark fruits on the attack. Drink till 2019.

2 people found it helpfulMay 10th, 2016
Judy Tepperberg

Judy had this 4 years ago

Judy had this 4 years ago

1 person found it helpfulAug 21st, 2016
Henry Lee

Lots of berries on the nose. cherry, hint of vanilla. Dusty finish. Tannins medium plus, but take a bit of decanting to come out. Could use a few more years in the cellar. 2012

Lots of berries on the nose. cherry, hint of vanilla. Dusty finish. Tannins medium plus, but take a bit of decanting to come out. Could use a few more years in the cellar. 2012

1 person found it helpfulMay 9th, 2015
Tiffany Chan

Cherry, a bit earthy, 2012

Cherry, a bit earthy, 2012

1 person found it helpfulMay 9th, 2015
Elizabeth Alfaro

2012-Cherry and blackberry flavors. Well balanced

2012-Cherry and blackberry flavors. Well balanced

1 person found it helpfulMar 9th, 2015
Heather Hofmann

Smooth, silky. $79 retail at Dragonfly.

Smooth, silky. $79 retail at Dragonfly.

1 person found it helpfulJan 19th, 2015