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

The Rutherford appellation, located in the heart of Napa Valley, provides the climate and soils that are especially well suited to Cabernet Sauvignon. Our 2015 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon reveals its provenance with deep berry expression and seductive savory notes. Complex nuances of rum raisin, warm berry compote, black licorice and sun-warmed rose surround the core of blackberry and cassis. The expansive flavors culminate in a finish warmed by dark chocolate and oak spice from new barrels. The integrated, cocoa-powder tannins—a signature of Rutherford dust—enhance the opulent texture and firm structure, as well as giving cellar worthiness.

Tasting Notes

Our 2015 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon reveals its provenance with vibrant red berry, raspberry, and plum on the nose along with seductive savory notes. Layers of black raspberry, charred strawberry and sweet baking spices surround the core of black currant and cassis. The depth of flavor culminates in a finish with savory dusty rose, black tea, cinnamon and clove. The refined, cocoa-powder tannins— a signature of Rutherford dust character—enhance the smooth texture and balanced structure, as well as giving this Cabernet its cellar worthiness.

Winemaking Notes

After hand harvesting the fruit, we hand sorted the clusters and then, following destemming, hand sorted the individual grapes to assure the highest quality. To gently extract opulent color and flavors from the skins, we cold soaked the partially crushed grapes for three days. Two to three weeks of post-fermentation skin contact—the length depending on varietal and vineyard personality—developed varietal expression. In-barrel malolactic fermentation rounded the mouthfeel and small amounts of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot broadened the spectrum of aromas and flavors.

Vineyard Notes

Our Cabernet Sauvignon’s “sense of place” comes from selecting the vast majority of the grapes from three outstanding vineyards in the Rutherford American Viticultural Area. These are our estate vineyards, Hewitt and Wildwood, and one that we purchase, which is Beckstoffer Vineyard Georges III. Georges III and Wildwood vineyards are located on the eastern side of the appellation, while Hewitt vineyard is located on the western benchland near our winery. The balance of the blend comes from several of our favorite vineyards in Calistoga and Oakville.

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 picking Sauvignon Blanc on August 8 and wrapped up the crush with Cabernet Sauvignon by October 12. The wines of 2015 are known for their highly concentrated, complex flavors.