Rutherford Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

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A lovely ruby color with aromas of boysenberry and currant, with vanilla spice and earthy hints of forest floor. A fu...

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A bit flat and nutty on the nose with herbal, dried grass base notes that add an attractive dimension to the earthy persimmon and red fruit aromas.... Read more

A little alcoholic on the nose, though this does show nice raspberry, briar and fennel seed notes underlain with some spicy vanilla oak and a touch... Read more

Delicious! Obviously a bit hot (15.5% alcohol), but very fruity as well. Despite the heat (and you can somewhat TASTE the alcohol, not just smell i... Read more

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Editorial Reviews for Rutherford Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065205,646
4.00 5
10/09/2012

A bit flat and nutty on the nose with herbal, dried grass base notes that add an attractive dimension to the earthy persimmon and red fruit aromas. This is really well balanced in a fresh style that highlights the supple tannins of Merlot. Excellent, juicy acidity keeps this fresh and lively in the mouth. There's a touch of under-ripeness here that shows up as a base of herbal, earthy flavors, but that just adds complexity to the core of blackberry fruit. There’s a nice touch of oak adding supporting spice notes and an overlay of vanilla. This leads to a moderately long, slightly peppery and savory finish that ends on a candied cranberry note. Pretty solid and an easy to drink offering. 89pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065205,646
2.50 5
08/07/2012

A little alcoholic on the nose, though this does show nice raspberry, briar and fennel seed notes underlain with some spicy vanilla oak and a touch of tar. Big in the mouth but not terrible heavy, this is rather dark tasting with plenty of licorice and toffee notes wrapped around the core of raspberry and prune fruit. Shows a nice layering of wood spice. A big wine that’s a touch disjointed, needs food to tame it. 84pts


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Snooth User: Kyle Graynor
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4.50 5
03/25/2012

Delicious! Obviously a bit hot (15.5% alcohol), but very fruity as well. Despite the heat (and you can somewhat TASTE the alcohol, not just smell it), it's very smooth. Probably much better with food (like a nice steak), it's great on its own! Once you let it open up, it becomes an amazing wine, and a great deal!


Snooth User: Michael C Butler
1066071624
0.00 5
07/24/2012

Plush aromas of boysenberry, raspberry, and dark chocolate


Snooth User: T hearts wine
3805431
3.00 5
01/08/2008

Ok wine. Grows on you.


External Reviews for Rutherford Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

One of the great values in California Cabernet Sauvignon (believe me, there are not many of them), this 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, a blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot, Syrah, and Cabernet Franc, exhibits a deep ruby color as well as a sweet nose of red and black currants, spice box, and cedar. Richly fruity, with silky tannin, and a lush finish, this is the perfect Cabernet for restaurants to sell by the glass. Drink it over the next 2ndash;3 years.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

A little sharp, but easily the wineryrsquo;s best non-vineyard designated Cab since the rsquo;02. Shows a ripeness level that slam dunks cherries, blackberries, cola and oak onto the palate, yet maintains an elegant dryness.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Also a superb value, the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon (82% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, and Petit Verdot) exhibits a dark ruby/purple-tinged color, a classic bouquet of black currants, white chocolate, and subtle herb as well as oak notes, plush, succulent flavors, sweet tannin, and a luscious texture. Drink it over the next 4ndash;5 years.


External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
07/29/2010

Although Merlot has always been the primary focus of Rutherford Hill, Chardonnay has played a key role since the mid 70s. In keeping with the winerys style of complex wines that pair well with food, Rutherford Hill Chardonnay is crafted from grapes grown in the cooler climate found in the southern part of Napa Valley. This, in combination with mild oak aging, ensures the wine has balance and structure.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon reveals soft berry fruit along with hints of mint and cedar. It is an elegant, medium-bodied, nicely constructed Cabernet meant for consumption over the next 1ndash;2 years.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

As ripe as they come, with lush, mouthfilling flavors of blackberry pie, cherry tart, chocolate and vanilla cream. Fortunately therersquo;s a wealth of dusty tannins and good acidity for balance. Finishes dry, although the fruit is so ripe, itrsquo;s almost sweet.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

A classic full-bodied California Cabernet with a rich ruby color and and flavors of sweet black cherry, plum, and blackberry, followed by a cascade of firm tannins.


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4.00 5
07/09/2011

Winemaker's Notes:

A lovely ruby color with aromas of boysenberry and currant, with vanilla spice and earthy hints of forest floor. A full-bodied wine with rich tannins. Big and delicious flavors of boysenberry, toasty caramel and cranberry. A well-balanced wine - ready to drink but will age nicely for 4 to 5 years.

A lovely ruby color with aromas of boysenberry and currant, with vanilla spice and earthy hints of forest floor. A full-bodied wine with rich tannins. Big and delicious flavors of boysenberry, toasty caramel and cranberry. A well-balanced wine - ready to drink but will age nicely for 4 to 5 years.

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