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
Region & Appellation: Rutherford, Napa Valley
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon 100%
Producer: Encanto Vineyards LLC
Alcohol Content: 16.68%
Titratable Acidity: 7.4 g/L
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.
Tannin Level: High
Closure Type: Cork
Storage Recommendations: Store horizontally in a cool, dark place, ideally in a wine cellar or wine fridge.