Aiken 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon "Rutherford" Napa Valley - 95 Points Parker


Aiken 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon "Rutherford" Napa Valley - 95 Points Parker

Robert Parker 95 Points"The superstar in the portfolio is the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford, which comes entirely from the well-known Morisoli Vineyard in Rutherford. Aged in 100% new French oak, it’s not a big cuvée (only 105 cases), but exhibits a dense purple color and a beautiful nose of white flowers, damp earth, forest floor, blackberries and blackcurrant fruit. Some graphite also makes an appearance, as does some underbrush. This is a beauty -- full-bodied, multi-dimensional, and capable of lasting 20 or more years."

Winemaker Notes: "With its dusty, gravelly soils, the Morisoli Vineyard in the heart of Napa Valley’s historic Rutherford Bench is the source of fruit for this wine. Because of the powerful fruit character and firm tannins this vineyard supplies, 2/3 of the fruit was fermented in stainless steel tanks to retain the bright fruit flavors and 1/3 of it was fermented in new French oak barrels to add complexity and round tannins. The resulting wine displays classic Rutherford Bench characteristics of cassis and cherry with an intriguing note of mocha and a mouth feel that is both full and firm at the same time."

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  • Vintage: 2013
  • Winery: Aiken