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2015 Sullivan Rutherford Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

ITEM 7952012 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased direct from a distributor

Bidder Amount Total
$90
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RATINGS

94James Suckling

Very pretty and aromatic with flowers, currants and sandalwood. Sage, too. Full body, integrated fine tannins and a beautiful finish.

92Jeb Dunnuck

...upfront and flamboyant, with sexy notes of sweet cassis, tobacco and violets. With medium to full body, not a hard edge to be found, and fruit galore, drink this pleasure-bent beauty over the coming decade or more. (January 2019)

91The Wine Advocate

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (a blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot) offers aromas of blackberry tart and blueberry pie with touches of dried herbs, pencil shavings and chargrill. Medium-bodied, finely crafted and approachable in the mouth, it has good pure fruit expression, finishing earthy.

91Wine Enthusiast

This wine is tremendously structured and youthful in tannin and oak. The grapes come from the producer's 26-acre estate, which was first planted by Andre Tchelistcheff, a friend of the original founder... ...shows smoky black fruit and elements of crushed rock.

REGION

United States, California, Napa Valley, Rutherford

Rutherford AVA is just north of the Oakville AVA in the heart of Napa Valley, and it is equally distinguished. It is home to Beaulieu Vineyard and inglenook, arguably Napa Valley’s most historically influential wineries. Inglenook started making in wine in the late 19th century, and Beaulieu Vineyards was producing by the first years of the 20th century. BV founder Georges de Latour is particularly esteemed for having recruited Andre Tchelistcheff, a renowned research oenologist, to move from France to Napa Valley in 1938 and run BV’s winemaking. The legendary Tchelistcheff brought European winemaking techniques to Napa Valley and vastly improved wine quality. Other Rutherford winemakers followed his lead. Today there are 5,000 vineyard acres in Rutherford and many acclaimed producers. The famous Silverado Trail with its exclusive, limited production wineries, runs partly through Rutherford AVA. Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignons are characterized by supple tannins, richness, notes of cherry and plum, depth and the ability to age for several decades. Besides Cabernet Sauvignon the AVA also grows Chardonnay, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Zinfandel. It received its AVA designation in 1994.

TYPE

Red Wine, Cabernet Sauvignon

One of the most widely grown grape varieties, it can be found in nearly every wine growing region. A cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. It’s a hardy vine that produces a full-bodied wine with high tannins and great aging potential.