2002 Provenance Vineyards Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon
We de-stemmed all the grapes, but did not crush them. After cold soaking the grapes for two days, we added a selection of yeast to start fermentation. Careful monitoring of the fermentation, careful separation of the wine from the skins, natural clarification by gravity and age-old Bordeaux techniques produced a wine that is elegant yet powerfully rich. We crafted this wine to be reflective of the vintage, varietal and this famed subappellation of Napa Valley. Our 2002 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvign...
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesOn the positive side of the ledger, this ripe, mildly loamy wine counts concentrated, slightly curranty fruit and nice oak, but its palatal progression to slightly acidy tightness ends on a negative note of abrasive astringency. It finishes with more angles and edges than are welcome just now, and, if it is never so big as to want long-term aging, three to five years in bottle seem to be what is warranted.
International Wine CellarBright ruby-red. Redcurrant, truffle, tobacco and a whiff of leather on the nose. Supple, smooth and round, with easygoing flavors of dark berries, truffle, licorice, espresso and chocolate. Finishes with dusty, slightly drying tannins and a lingering note of chocolate. Also tasted: 2003 Merlot Napa Valley*.
Vintage ChartRating for United States-California: 95 (slightly better than average year)<br/><br/>Drinkability: young, aging quickly, could be good now<br/>