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98 Ratings
Rubicon Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Cask
$76.99 USD
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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)

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    Rubicon Cask is their finest expression of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from this historic estate in Rutherford. Originally the Niebaum estate, wine grapes have been grown on this property since the 1800's. Grapes for this wine were sourced from two vineyards, the Cohn and the Chateau, right in the Rutherford bench. Wine Enthusiast Magazine scored this 95 points saying "Gorgeous, elegant and ageworthy. With a softly tannic structure, it’s drinkable now, but should age and gain complexity for 10 years. Dry and smooth, it has complex flavors of blackberries, black cherries, currants, red licorice, cola and oak. Give it some time to breathe. Now–2017.

    over 3 years
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    Our 2006 CASK Cabernet has an exceptional aromatic quality and luscious flavors of red cherries and blackberries as well as plum and cocoa on the mid-palate. With its soft, lingering finish, the wine is easy to enjoy now with roasted or grilled meats, pasta and cheeses. It is a classic representation of Rutherford Cabernet.

    almost 4 years
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    5/1/10: Tasted at the Arroyo Trabuco Wine tasting. Bought six bottles. Tastes great. Good body. Spicy. Finishes well. This wine usually sells for $44+.

    over 1 year
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    Drink with a heavy meal. Red meat and/or pasta dish.

    over 4 years
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    Great with a stuffed pork chop. Smooth finish.

    over 1 year
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    Red cherries, blackberries, plum, cocoa.

    over 1 year
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    Louise found it harsh and tart

    about 5 years
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    not as good as stagleap

    about 5 years
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    dry earthy spicy

    about 5 years
Expert Reviews
  • Wine Spectator
    (From 2002 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 11/15/05