Vintage 2015
Wine Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Region Napa Valley
Winemaker Trevor Durling

The wine for this exclusive bottling was selected from our favorite barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from Napa Valley’s Rutherford AVA. Hand sorting the grapes on tables at the winery, both before and after destemming, ensured the highest quality. Definitely cellar worthy, this wine will gain complexity for more than a decade and will then remain on a plateau for many more years. To enjoy it in its youth, decant this Cabernet Sauvignon and let it breathe to release the full spectrum of flavors and textures.

Appellation: Rutherford
Barrel Aging: 22 Months, 100% French Oak (60% New)
Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
ABV: 15.3%
Production: 161 cases

93 Points - Wine Advocate

“Made of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 22 months in 60% new French oak, the deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Select gives up gregarious crème de cassis, blackberry pie and kirsch scents with touches of bay leaves, fragrant soil, underbrush and lavender. The palate is full-bodied, generous and plush with loads of spicy layers and a perfumed finish.” - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, October 29, 2018

Tasting Notes

Our 2015 Barrel-Select Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon offers a compelling and refined expression of the famous Rutherford appellation. By selecting the finest barrels of the vintage—ones that represent different soils, exposures and clones—we created a wine with deft balance and complex flavors. Notes of baking spices dance across the palate, mingling with dark fruit and crumbling blackberry pie and crust. This wine is weighty and rich, exhibiting soft tannins, well-integrated acidity and a lingering finish.

Vineyard Notes

Since the quality of a wine begins in the vineyard, it’s no surprise that the barrels we’ve selected for this limited bottling of Cabernet Sauvignon are from exceptional sites in the Rutherford AVA. This appellation, in the center of Napa Valley, is renowned for producing extremely complex, balanced Bordeaux-heritage wines. Our wine is sourced from five vineyards; the soils in these five vineyards are remarkably different, adding to the terroir complexity in the end product. This wine is derived from Star Vineyard, Hewitt Vineyard, BV Ranch No. 1, Georges III and Wildwood.

Vintage Notes

Although in 2015 we received three-quarters of our normal rainfall, the cumulative effect of four years of drought in Napa Valley resulted in a light crop. Fortunately, the vintage made up for the small quantity by yielding outstanding grape quality. The small clusters and dry, warm conditions promoted an early, condensed harvest that kept us hopping. At Provenance, we began the harvest picking Sauvignon Blanc on August 8 and wrapped up the vintage with Cabernet Sauvignon by October 12. The wines of 2015 are known for their highly concentrated, complex flavors.

Winemaking Notes

After hand harvesting the fruit and then hand sorting it twice at the winery, we gently destemmed the grapes to retain at least 60 percent whole berries. Three days of cold soaking before fermentation gently extracted the opulent color and flavors from the skins. Two to three weeks of skin contact developed varietal expression while, in-barrel malolactic fermentation rounded the acidity. Aging in a high percentage of new oak barrels married the rich Cabernet Sauvignon flavors with warm oak tones.