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2017 Rutherford Napa Cabernet: Lush blackberries, velvety tannins, hints of cedar, layered complexity, lasting finish. Timeless elegance in a bottle.

2017 Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley

    Name of the Wine: Encanto Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

    Vintage: 2017

    Region & Appellation: Rutherford, Napa Valley

    Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon 100%

    Producer: Encanto Vineyards LLC

    Alcohol Content: 16.68%

    PH: 3.49

    Titratable Acidity: 7.4 g/L


    Tasting Notes: 

    Appearance: Deep ruby-red with a hint of garnet.

    Nose: Prominent notes of blackberries and ripe cherries, accompanied by undertones of tobacco, cedar, and a touch of eucalyptus.

    Palate: Rich and full-bodied, showcasing flavors of dark fruit like blackcurrant and plum, harmoniously blending with hints of dark chocolate, coffee, and subtle spices. 

    Finish: Long and elegant, with a touch of vanilla and toasted oak.


    Production Notes: Grapes were hand-harvested at optimal ripeness and underwent a traditional fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The wine was aged in French oak barrels, 55% of which were new, for 28 months to enhance its complexity and structure.


    Food Pairings: Best paired with grilled steaks, lamb chops, hard cheeses like aged cheddar, and dark chocolate desserts.


    Serving Temperature: 60-65°F (15-18°C)


    Aging Potential: While delightful now, this wine can be cellared and will develop beautifully over the next 10-15 years.


    Price Point: $85


    Terroir: The Rutherford AVA is renowned for its unique combination of soil, climate, and topography. This Cabernet benefits from the region’s well-draining alluvial soils, warm days, and cool nights, giving it a characteristic “Rutherford Dust” quality.


    Body: Full-bodied

    Acidity: Medium-plus

    Tannin Level: High

    Sweetness: Dry

    Closure Type: Cork

    Storage Recommendations: Store horizontally in a cool, dark place, ideally in a wine cellar or wine fridge.

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