Rutherford Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Wow, I was very disappointed with this vintage. It's very flat, not much pizazz and certainly not indicative of previous vintages. I cracked a bottle from multiple cases to verify my disappointment with the 2007. The fruit is muted and dominant dustiness prevails... When I read the initial review that encouraged drinking this wine immediately through 2009, I thought certainly it would improve until 2012...well, I guess I was wrong. As a new release it was very good, no longevity in the bottle as with other vintages whatsoever.
Four and a half glasses
Very smooth & well balanced. Drinks like a more expensive cab at a fraction of the price.
Since I got this from Costco at less than half the recommended retail, and since I think it's one of the best Napa Cabs I've ever had, I'm dead chuffed as the Brits would say. Full and fruity, refreshing but not overwhelming during nor after, this wine is very impressive, enjoyable and memorable.
Nice easy drinking Cabernet. Not too much flash or structure. Just a decent Cabernet to grill with outside. Sometimes, that's all you need. Cheers!
Absolutely one of the best Cabs I've ever had!! I love it!!
External Reviews for Rutherford Hill Cabernet Sauvignon
Nestled high in the Eastern Hills, Rutherford Hill Winery commands a spectacular view overlooking the Rutherford bench of Napa Valley. It is from a handful of the most select Napa vineyards that Rutherford Hill continues its tradition of crafting legendary wines. Rutherford Hill has undergone a quality renaissance in recent years. Purchased in 1996 by Anthony Terlato and his sons, Rutherford Hill's style has been refined by their broad base of knowledge, industry expertise and uncompromising demand for exceptional quality. This 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is an outstanding example of the bold personality and unbridled flavor characteristics the Terlato family approach has brought. This ripe, sleek, elegant wine is carefully crafted then properly cave aged in French oak within one of the most extensive natural cave systems in North America, providing the ideal temperature and humidity throughout the aging process. A blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot, The wine macerated for 30 days on the skins and then aged 18 months in French oak barrels. It delivers aromas of dark fruit (black currant, blackberries) layered with notes of cassis and vanilla with hints of cedar, spice, and cola. On the palate it is intricately and intensely flavored with dark plum and cassis, with a dusting of spices. It has a lush texture and velvety tannins. Classic Napa Cab for the outstanding 2012 vintage!
A firm, tight, chunky and concentrated wine that's full of ripe plum, currant and blackberry fruit, with cedary oak flavors that are well-focused and persistent, ending with dry, clipped tannins. Drink now through 2009. 10,688 cases made.
Rutherford Hill was an innovator in Napa Valley in the building of caves and employment of a pallet-stacking system within those caves. Year-round, 8,000 wine-filled French and American oak barrels age in an ideal wine-storage environment of 59 F/90 percent humidity.
"Cabernet Sauvignon has been produced by Rutherford Hill Winery for over twenty years. Since the 1996 Terlato purchase of Rutherford Hill
Rutherford Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 and all other wine from Rutherford Hill are readily available to ship at discount prices. We carry many premium wine from across the world.
Connoisseurs' Guide Rated: 89 A wonderfully voluptuous Cabernet primarily from a rocky knoll top vineyard. The superb drainage and wonderfully water stressed vines produce amazingly small berries. This higher proportion of skin to fermenting
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<p>An almost purple wine with active aromas of cherries, mulberry, boysenberry, and chocolate. The blackberry and mulberry flavors really come through and reach a nicely rich note, which combines with a smoky tobacco flavor at the finish. Well-balanced and structured with an interesting palate.</p>