Located in the center of Napa Valley, the Rutherford AVA is a result of two historical geological events. On the west side, the Mayacamas mountain range formed when tectonic plates pushed the ocean floor upwards, resulting in soils high in calcium. The east side of the valley consists of iron rich soils formed by ancient volcanic activity. This Cabernet Sauvignon is made from fruit harvested from vines on alluvial bench land on the valley's hillsides.
The grapes were sorted and de-stemmed at the winery before a traditional fermentation with daily pump overs. After fermentation, the wine was separated from the skins and moved to barrel where the secondary malolactic fermentation occurred. Once complete, the wine was racked once more and placed in barrel for another 12 to 18 months.
In the glass you will find aromas of dark cherry and cassis mixed with subtle layers of chocolate and cigar smoke. The wine's texture is full-bodied, smooth and toned with a long finish of savory dark fruit and cedar. This is a serious red wine from a classic Napa Valley vintage.