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2017 Kukeri Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

$85.00 $75.00

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Varietal: 91% Cabernet Sauvignon; 3.5% Petite Verdot; 3.4% Merlot; 1.1% Petite Sirah; 1% Cabernet Franc
Vintage: 2017
Appellation: Heritage vineyard, Rutherford, Napa Valley
Alcohol: 14.65%
pH: 3.78
Production: 220 cases

Awards: 95 points from Chris Sawyer, wine critic & sommelier
Chris Sawyer review: With an attractive dark crimson color, the wine opens up with deep aromas of red fruits, fresh berries and roasted figs are intermixed with harmonious notes of cocoa, dried coconut, caramel, and roast hazelnuts. On the palate, the core flavors of dark plum, ripe cherry and strawberry preserve are complimented with distinct notes of fresh raspberry, wild sage, pepper, clove and blood orange zest as the natural richness of the wine starts to expand inside the glass. To add more layers of complexity, the wine features a smooth texture, bright acidity, silky tannins and a long stately finish that makes this wine approachable now, as well as worthy of cellaring for 7-10 years.

 

Introduction:

When you mention Rutherford to wine lovers, the first thing that usually comes to mind is one of the best Cabernet Sauvignon produced in Napa Valley. Our 2017 Kukeri Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon comes from a Heritage vineyard located on the east side of the valley, bordering the Silverado Trail, in an area well known for its unique terroir, producing very intense, ripe and concentrated fruit. The Cabernet grape selection is clone 7.

Winemaking: The grapes were hand-harvested, crushed and de-stemmed into small fermentation bins and allowed to cold soak for 4 days to help stabilize the color and enhance flavor. It was fermented for 21 days and pump-over 3 times a day, with an additional 3 days extended maceration to increase extraction, producing Cabernet with concentrated “dusty” tannins and complex, and ripe flavors, trademark of the Rutherford appellation. The wine is then gently pressed and aged on fine lees for 22 months in 100% French oak barrels with 40% new oak to preserve the delicate notes and mouthfeel. Only 9 barrels produced of this classic Rutherford “dust” Cabernet Sauvignon.

Tasting Notes: The 2017 Kukeri Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon features bold and intense aromas of ripe dark fruit, leather, tobacco, and dried herbs. On the palate, the deep, rich, and sophisticated flavors of black cherry, and ripe plum are interlaced with nuances of coffee beans, and toasted oak. These distinct flavors are balanced with a round, supple texture; firm tannins; and a luxurious finish. The end result is a well-crafted Cabernet Sauvignon that is young, powerful and assertive, yet very complex, elegant and a pleasure to sip-especially as it opens up in the glass.

This wine it is a superb candidate for cellaring and should mature well over the next 10 years.

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