2017 Rutherford Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
California: Napa Valley: Rutherford
Lust for dust
We can’t possibly serve up a bigger meatball than this - 72% off a 91-point Rutherford Cabernet?!
Utterly compelling at our price of $38, this delivers everything you want in a high-end Napa Cab.
Grand Napa, as you probably already know, churns out some rock-solid wines from their outpost in Rutherford, sourcing fruit from some of the very best vineyard sites in the Napa Valley. The exact vineyards for this wine aren’t disclosed, but when their neighbors include the likes of Scarecrow, Quintessa, or Inglenook you can imagine the quality is way up there. There’s just one huge difference between this and anything from those superstars - the price.
If you bought any Grand Napa in the past, you already know what to expect. If not, here’s the lowdown. “Robustly concentrated” while “generously flavored” as the Wine Enthusiast deftly highlights. This is a lush, easy-drinking wine with a deep core of sweet, ripe blackberry and nice secondary nuances of cedar, milk chocolate, earth, and fresh tobacco. The 50% new French Oak makes itself known through the classic dusty Rutherford tannins, and if that impeccable Caymus-esque style does it for you, this fits perfectly in your wheelhouse.
What else can we say? Cabernet never lasts long around here, especially at an earth-shaking discount like this. Go on now, bring it on home!!
91 Points - James Suckling
“Lots of aromas of tar, berries and chocolate powder follow through to a full body and round, savory tannins that are slightly sugar-coated. Rich. Drink or hold.”
90 Points - Wine Enthusiast
“Thick and robustly concentrated, this wine is generously flavored in ripe blackberry, with secondary elements of tobacco, leather and earth. Grippy tannins wrap around the core of it, accentuating the considerable oak.”
Deep ruby with a slim crimson circumference
This is a lush, easy-drinking wine with a deep core of sweet, ripe blackberry
Secondary nuances of cedar, milk chocolate, earth, and fresh tobacco
The new French Oak makes itself known on a very long impeccable Caymus-esque style impression
Totally primed for immediate enjoyment, go Prime with your steaks, too
What the Winery Says
- Dwight Bonewell
- 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc
- Total acidity
- 6.2 g/L
- Residual sugar
- 0.4 g/L
- 24 months
- 50% new French oak