Covering only six square miles, the Rutherford District’s unique soil, sun exposure and climate make it the ideal site for great Cabernet Sauvignon. Andy Beckstoffer grows our grapes in deep alluvial fans washed down over the ages from near by Mount St. John in the Mayacamas Mountains. The vines are all 10 years old or more, grown on the historic vineyard once owned by George Yount (the first person to grow winegrapes in the valley) and later Thomas Rutherford. We craft our wines to be reflectiv...
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*.