Sullivan Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 2007

Member Review by jtryka:

The wine definitely needed to breathe a bit, so I poured mine through an aerator and let it rest for a while. It has a lovely deep purple color in the glass, with edges of garnet. The nose of very full of jammy black fruit, plum, black cherry and raspberry, overlaid with hints of leather, Asian spice and mint. The taste is lovely, with some modest ripe fruit up front that isn't even close to being jammy as the nose would suggest. The fruit gives way so a wonderful minerality of dusty limestone and sage midpalate. The firm yet structured tannins support a beautiful, dry and velvety finish that has real staying power. See my full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2013/11/2007-sullivan-vineyards-rutherford-napa.html

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Sullivan Vineyards:
Arriving in the Napa Valley in 1972, Jim and JoAnna Sullivan purchased property in Rutherford, which sits in the heart of the Napa Valley. They came with a vision: to meld art and wine, specifically wines that reflect the beautiful and unique terroir. Jim Sullivan, a graphic designer, had formerly worked on projects for the Monkees and other 60's rockbands, Dick Clark Productions, and Clymer Bo... Read more
Arriving in the Napa Valley in 1972, Jim and JoAnna Sullivan purchased property in Rutherford, which sits in the heart of the Napa Valley. They came with a vision: to meld art and wine, specifically wines that reflect the beautiful and unique terroir. Jim Sullivan, a graphic designer, had formerly worked on projects for the Monkees and other 60's rockbands, Dick Clark Productions, and Clymer Books. Jim used his artistic skills as a graphic designer to create a label for Sullivan Vineyards and his innate talent to create a home for his family and make exceptional wine. The Sullivan home and winery were designed by renowned architect John Marsh Davis, designer of such reputed wineries as Rutherford Hill, Joseph Phelps, and Chateau Souverain. Creativity and perfection in all realms of living is what the Sullivans' strive for. We don't stop when we put the brush down, but continue throughout our lives, in winemaking, cooking, in friendships. It creates a mystical essence. That's what we are about. Read less

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Snooth User: jtryka
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3.50 5
11/16/2013

The wine definitely needed to breathe a bit, so I poured mine through an aerator and let it rest for a while. It has a lovely deep purple color in the glass, with edges of garnet. The nose of very full of jammy black fruit, plum, black cherry and raspberry, overlaid with hints of leather, Asian spice and mint. The taste is lovely, with some modest ripe fruit up front that isn't even close to being jammy as the nose would suggest. The fruit gives way so a wonderful minerality of dusty limestone and sage midpalate. The firm yet structured tannins support a beautiful, dry and velvety finish that has real staying power. See my full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2013/11/2007-sullivan-vineyards-rutherford-napa.html


Snooth User: polesm
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5.00 5
07/18/2014

Five glasses


External Reviews for Sullivan Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford

External Review
Vintage: 2003 10/16/2008

Although the Sullivan winery has been making wines for 25 years, it doesn’t get the recognition it deserves, and more’s the pity. Sandwiched between Franciscan and Beckstoffer’s Georges III on Galleron Road, it gets lost among the big boys. This 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon might be winemaker Philippe Langner’s second vintage, but instead of turning out a big, jammy wine that über-consultant Michel Rolland – one of his mentors – might have made, the Bordelais winemaker Langner has produced a wine that is more likely in line with owner Jim Sullivan’s preference. Another of Langner’s teachers, Jacques Boissenot, would have been proud, too. Boissenot, a partner with the late, great oenologist Emile Peynaud, consulted on some of the greatest Bordeaux ever made. Jim Sullivan too, has the palate of the old masters. He, however, was apparently was inspired by the wines of Beaulieu and Inglenook from the 1950s and ‘60s – the classic age of Napa Valley wines – so he has to like this wine. As do I.It’s a well-made classic. Although it has very evident tannins which give the wine its structure, one can attest to the fact that it’s going to be refined when this infant settles down. Hold onto it for about three years and it will continue to improve for the next 10 and will age for at least 20.Langner waited until October 25 to start bringing in the fruit, which manifests in a structure that is big and smooth at the same time because he picked at a very unusual (for the Napa Valley) 23.2 Brix (percentage of sugar). The wine was aged for 1½ years in 80 percent French oak and 20 percent American. Less than 35 percent was new wood, with the balance being 60 percent one-vintage barrels and 5.6 percent 2-year-old oak. The listed alcohol is 13.5 percent, which again for a Napa Valley cab, is very uncommon. Good for Langner and Sullivan.




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