The Rutherford Bench creates wines with soft, rounded tannins and the hint of ‘Rutherford Dust’. Provenance Cab is grown in the heart of the benchland and has complex nuances of blackberry and cassis compote, cocoa-powder, and warm cinnamon and clove.
Blended of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.5% Cabernet Franc, 1% Malbec and 0.5% Petit Verdot aged for 22 months in 35% new oak (95% French and 5% Hungarian), the deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford sings of crushed red and blackcurrants, black berries and menthol with touches of fragrant earth, violets and black tea plus a waft of cigar box. Full, firm and grainy, the palate delivers plenty of harmony and depth with a long earthy finish. 16,525 cases produced.
Maybe this isn’t the most concentrated Rutherford cabernet, but it has lovely fragrance with just a hint of leafy character that adds freshness. Plenty of positive tannins that gel nicely with the red berry and blackberry aromas. Spot-on, food-friendly balance at the long, clean finish. Drink or hold.