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Gustavo Thrace Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Winemaker's Notes:

This is the first time that we have sourced Cabernet from the Atlas Peak area of Napa. This vineyard is at the base of Atlas Peak. We brought in 4 tons of fruit, producing just 240 cases. The harvest was interrupted by the raid that year so we harvested on two different days and then blended the finished wines together when they were both through fermentation. It was aged in new French oak barrels for 30 months. It is a big, fruit-forward wine. The lush nose opens up with aromas of cherry-cola, dark chocolate and licorice. There is a full mouth that finishes with just the right tannin management to leave your mouth dry but full of flavor, ready for the next taste. This wine will continue to improve in the bottle for the next 10 years.

Region: USA » California » Napa » Rutherford

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  • 2005

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Winery: Gustavo Thrace
Color: Red
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
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Gustavo Thrace:
 As the son of a migrant vineyard worker turned winery mechanic, Gustavo grew up surrounded by the culture, the passion, and the dedication of the individuals who helped to define this now famous wine making region.Gustavo immigrated to the Napa Valley from Jalisco, Mexico at the tender age of 3. His family settled in Rutherford and put down deep roots – a move that ... Read more
 As the son of a migrant vineyard worker turned winery mechanic, Gustavo grew up surrounded by the culture, the passion, and the dedication of the individuals who helped to define this now famous wine making region.Gustavo immigrated to the Napa Valley from Jalisco, Mexico at the tender age of 3. His family settled in Rutherford and put down deep roots – a move that forever altered the path for Gustavo. Wine – the soil, the climate, the fruit and the people who labored to produce it – made an impression. Gustavo went to the University of Oregon on a baseball scholarship, but it was a short-lived adventure – his heart remained in Napa Valley. He transferred to U.C. Davis, and was one of the first Latino graduates from the oenology program with a degree in Fermentation Sciences. After graduating in 1976 Gustavo joined Chateau Montelena, the starting point to the art of his winemaking style. He would then join Mike Grgich as he opened Grgich Hills Cellars in 1977 – where Gustavo made wines for 23 years. Gustavo has produced wine under his own label since 1996. Today, Gustavo makes Napa Valley wines in a style inspired by old-world winemaking techniques with a dedication to small vineyards and the highest quality fruit. Read less

Member Reviews for Gustavo Thrace Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
5.00 5
05/09/2010

Tight tannin structure and containing all the wonderful "dust" tobacco and cocoa we expect from a Rutherford single vineyard block cab. Wonderfully balanced, complex and richly structured. Decadent and delicious. Long lasting. - Tasted at Oxbow tasting room 4/22/10


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.50 5
05/09/2010

Aromas of cherry cola and dark chocolate. Big, fruit forward wine. Lovely cab fruit on the palate. Bursts forth in the mouth and evolves through every part of the palate and even after it's swallowed. - Tasted at Oxbow tasting room 4/22/10


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.50 5
06/26/2011

Fruit forward with aromas of cherry cola, dark chocolate and licorice. Full bodied with good tannin structure. Deep, rich and toasty. Very nice! - Tasted at GustavoThrace 12/31/10


Snooth User: D9sus4
163476307
4.50 5
06/01/2012

I originally tried this at their tasting room in Napa, and tried a bottle again recently from my cellar. Definitely a big, fruit forward Rutherford Cabernet. Full bodied and lush. Everything you want and expect from a Cab. from that area, but at a more modest price. Gustavo Brambila, the winemaker for Gustavo Thrace, worked for many years with Mike Grgich both at Chateau Montelena and at Grgich Hills Winery. He definitely knows what he is doing and his wines reflect that.



This is the first time that we have sourced Cabernet from the Atlas Peak area of Napa. This vineyard is at the base of Atlas Peak. We brought in 4 tons of fruit, producing just 240 cases. The harvest was interrupted by the raid that year so we harvested on two different days and then blended the finished wines together when they were both through fermentation. It was aged in new French oak barrels for 30 months. It is a big, fruit-forward wine. The lush nose opens up with aromas of cherry-cola, dark chocolate and licorice. There is a full mouth that finishes with just the right tannin management to leave your mouth dry but full of flavor, ready for the next taste. This wine will continue to improve in the bottle for the next 10 years.

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