The grapes for the Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon were sourced from Blocks 1 and 2 of the Raymond estate vineyard and the Heitz Trailside Vineyard in Rutherford. The Raymond estate vineyard has a Lyre trellis system pruned to quadrilateral cordons with vines spaced eight feet apart and ten feet between each row. The maturity of the vines contributes to the concentrated Cabernet flavors and the rich, well drained soils are an essential component to high quality grape growing.
The grapes were fermented on the skins for 17-33 days with pumpovers twice daily. After fermentation, the wine was gently pressed, racked and aged in 100% French oak barrels, with 50% new oak. Tightly grained Demptos, Saury, Nadalie and Chalafour barrels were selected because of their ability to slowly impart oak to the wine for a consistent, well-rounded aging process while yielding subtle oak influences to the Cabernet Sauvignon.
This classic Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon displays ripe red fruit aromas on the nose accented with a dash of currant, cassis and dark chocolate notes.
The wine is well structured with beautifully integrated tannins, a rich mouthfeel and a long, smooth finish.
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