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Rubicon Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Cask
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Style

Red

Winemaker's Notes

(From «nv» Vintage) The Vintage The 2003 growing season in Rutherford commenced with spring rain and cool temperatures, creating a naturally low yield. Summer temperatures were relatively moderate, but autumn arrived with added warmth to transform the vineyards and deliver a winning vintage. The three-week stretch of 90 degree temperatures in October pushed the grapes into full ripeness, resulting in beautifully developed tannins and intensely flavored fruit. Winemaker’s Notes October made the 2003 CASK Cabernet. read more...The Vintage The 2003 growing season in Rutherford commenced with spring rain and cool temperatures, creating a naturally low yield. Summer temperatures were relatively moderate, but autumn arrived with added warmth to transform the vineyards and deliver a winning vintage. The three-week stretch of 90 degree temperatures in October pushed the grapes into full ripeness, resulting in beautifully developed tannins and intensely flavored fruit. Winemaker’s Notes October made the 2003 CASK Cabernet. The entire season was cool with read more... read more... moderate temperatures and only a few days topping 100 degrees. In Rutherford, ripeness is almost always guaranteed, but the degree of ripeness is the stylistic decision of the individual producer. For CASK Cabernet, we want fully ripe, sweet cherry flavors with mouth filling textures. By early October, we had ripe Cabernet Sauvignon flavors, but not in the intensity that we would accept. We all had the belief that we would have to wait for a great wine. Finally, the weather that we waited for arrived. For almost three perfect weeks, every day was sunny, mid 80s to low 90s, and Cabernet flavors moved into the deep briar and bright cherry flavors. Tannins were incredibly soft and macerations were extended to allow for full extraction of tannins and color. CASK Cabernet was moved to American oak puncheons for 28 months before bottling. Tasting Notes Our 2003 CASK Cabernet has layers of ripe, red cherries, plum, vanilla, cocoa, and toast. The flavor is intense, but with a pleasing, supple mouth feel. The wine is eminently enjoyable now, especially if served with intensely flavored meats or cheeses, but it also can be aged for 5 to 10 years more. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon 100% Estate-grown and organically certified, Cohn and Chateau 7686 cases (750ml); 121 cases (1.5L); 150 cases (375ml) Alcohol:14.15% (hide)

Expert Reviews
  • Wine Spectator
    (From 2002 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 11/15/05