Etude Cabernet Sauvingon Rutherford 2004
The 2004 vintage rewarded us with fully-developed Cabernet Sauvignon with supple and ripe tannins. Bud-break started relatively early and berry set was smaller than average. By early September the grapes were on the verge of full development. Shortly after Labor Day, the dry northeast winds brought hot continental temperatures into the valley. This effectively brought on fast maturity to the grapes right at the end of ripening. The dry winds concentrated an already small yield and the high tempera- tures brought a level of flavor ripeness generally not reached without extended time on the vine. The resulting wines are heady, powerful and delicious. This is the fourth vintage of Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine was produced from some of the oldest Cabernet Sauvignon plantings in the Napa Valley. The majority of the fruit was sourced from the highly-acclaimed Cohn Vineyard, which has been under the watchful eye of two generations of the Cohn family. The fruit from this vineyard exemplifies why Rutherford "dust" is such a hallowed name among Napa Valley Cabernets. Additional Cabernet Sauvignon was selected from the adjacent Morisoli Vineyard, which brings a crushed berry character to the wine. This Rutherford Cabernet was aged for 26 months in 100% new French oak barrels. Inviting aromas of blueberry, boysenberry and gingerbread begin the nose of this ripe, concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon and mingle harmoniously with notes of cocoa powder and olive. The palate has wonderful fruit saturation, opulent texture and balance. Dark berry flavors and hints of the signature Rutherford dust linger on the finish. While wines of this can be aged for many years, it would be a shame not to enjoy this wonderfully ripe, young wine in the near term before putting some away for the long haul. Wine Advocate | Robert M. Parker, Jr. | December 28, 2007The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford possesses abundant amounts of black currant fruit along with that loamy soil character often referred to as "Rutherford dust," hints of bay leaves and mint, along with subtle pain grille and spice box notes. Full-bodied and rich with a velvety texture, it should drink beautifully for 15+ years.
Thick dark fruit. Nice long finish with good minerality. Tasted at the New York Wine Experience
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The classic, deep ruby/purple-tinged 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa offers aromas of tobacco leaf, cedar, black currants, tar, licorice, and espresso. Full-bodied, powerful, and opulent, it can be drunk now or cellared for 15 or more years.
The classic, deep ruby/purple-tinged 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa offers aromas of tobacco leaf, cedar, black currants, tar, licorice, and espresso. Full-bodied, powerful, and opulent, it can be drunk now or cellared for 15 or more years. Robert Parker. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2004 Etude Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml
This is a great Cab that showcases the agreeability of certain Napa Cabs. It's tightly would now, with acids and rich tannins overshadowing the pure, sweet blackberry, black cherry and cassis flavors. Impressive for its intensity, power and harmony. Drink tonight, or cellar it for a decade.
15.2% alcohol; from 30-year-old vines in Block 6 of Vine Hill Ranch Vineyard) Bright ruby-red. Complex nose melds dark berries, dark cherry, black licorice, black olive and smoked meat; jammy without being cooked. Suave, sweet and tactile, with more ... Stephen Tanzer's IWC. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2004 Etude Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml
Even though he is making Pinot Noir in Oregon, Tony Soter continues to excel with his offerings from Napa. Etude's big, deep ruby-colored 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa offers notes of earth, spice, vanilla, and copious quantities of black fruits. Still playing it close to the vest, its medium to full-bodied, tannic, structured, pure, layered, impressively endowed 2001 requires 2-3 years of cellaring; it will drink well for 12-15 years.
A bold, rich, concentrated wine with lots of flavor dimensions and excellent structure. Dense and complex, with currant, anise, cedar and fresh earth flavors, it picks up chocolate and mocha on the finish, and should only get better over the next couple of years. Best from 2005 through 2013.
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