Aiken Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Label
Aiken Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Label

Aiken Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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750ML / 14.9% ABV
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750ML / 14.9% ABV

Winemaker Notes

With its dusty, gravelly soils, the Morisoli Vineyard in the heart of Napa Valley’s historic Rutherford Bench is the source of fruit for this wine. Because of the powerful fruit character and firm tannins this vineyard supplies, half of the fruit was fermented in stainless steel tanks to retain the bright fruit flavors and half of it was fermented in new French oak barrels to add complexity and round tannins. The resulting wine displays classic Rutherford Bench characteristics of cassis and cherry with an intriguing note of mocha and a mouth feel that is both full and firm at the same time.

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This wine needs time to open, so give it a decant if possible, the tannins requiring air to unpucker. The follow-up will be a soft, subdued expression of ripe red cassis and black currant with dried herb and tobacco coming slowly to the fore, as well as a streak of anise.
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Aiken Wines is the personal project of renowned Napa Valley winemaker Joel Aiken, an evolving portfolio of site-specific Cabernet Sauvignons and Pinot Noirs from Napa and Sonoma vineyards selected for their ability to produce wines of character and distinction.
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The Rutherford sub-region of Napa Valley centers on the town of Rutherford and covers some of Napa Valley’s finest vineyard real estate, spanning from the Mayacamas in the west, to the Vaca Mountains on the other side of the valley.

Inside of the Rutherford AVA, bordering the Mayacamas, is a stretch of uplands called the Rutherford Bench. (These bench lands technically run the length of Oakville as well). Mountain runoff creates deep, well-drained, alluvial soils on the bench, giving vine roots plenty of reason to permeate deep into the ground. The result is wine with great structure and complexity.

Rutherford Cabernet Sauvingons and Bordeaux Blends garner substantial attention for their enticing fragrances of dusty earth and dried herbs, broad and juicy mid-palates and lush and fine-grained tannins. The sub-appellation claims some of the valley’s most prized vineyards today, namely Caymus, Rubicon and Beckstoffer Georges III.

It is also home to Napa’s most influential and historic personalities. Thomas Rutherford, responsible for the appellation's name, made serious investments here in grape growing and wine production between the years of 1850 to 1880. Gustave Niebaum purchased a large swath of land and completed his winery in 1887, calling it “Inglenook.” Today this remains the oldest bonded winery in California. Georges Latour founded Beaulieu Vineyard in 1900, making it the oldest continuous winery in the state. Latour also hired the famous enologist, André Tchelistcheff, a man credited for single-handedly defining the modern Napa winemaking style.

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A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe, its best examples showing potential to age beautifully for decades. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in Bordeaux's Medoc where it is often blended with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbecand Petit Verdot. In the Napa Valley, ‘Cab’ is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy and sought-after “cult” wines. Somm Secret—DNA profiling in 1997 revealed that Cabernet Sauvignon was born from a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc in 17th century southwest France.

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