Provenance Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 2016 - 750ml

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93pts Wine & Spirits

This wine has a tight structure that consolidates all its luscious cherry-plum flavor and holds it in abeyance. It feels sleek and spicy, and yet it also feels like there’s a lot of flavor to develop with bottle age. Trevor Durling makes this wine primarily from two vineyards, Provenance’s Wildwood Estate and Beckstoffer Georges III, both in eastern Rutherford.

92pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Blended of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.5% Cabernet Franc, 1% Malbec and 0.5% Petit Verdot aged for 22 months in 35% new oak (95% French and 5% Hungarian), the deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford sings of crushed red and blackcurrants, black berries and menthol with touches of fragrant earth, violets and black tea plus a waft of cigar box. Full, firm and grainy, the palate delivers plenty of harmony and depth with a long earthy finish.

92pts James Suckling

Maybe this isn’t the most concentrated Rutherford cabernet, but it has lovely fragrance with just a hint of leafy character that adds freshness. Plenty of positive tannins that gel nicely with the red berry and blackberry aromas. Spot-on, food-friendly balance at the long, clean finish. Drink or hold.

Winemaker Notes

The 2016 Provenance Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon reveals its provenance with layers of fresh, delicate, dark berry fruits. Aromas of blackberry, mulberry, boysenberry, and black currant are present on the nose along with seductive savory notes of potpourri and rosemary. On the palate there is a darker brooding brambly berry fruit supported by pleasing sweet baking spice notes of cinnamon, cedar and clove that surround the core of black currant, chocolate covered cherries and cassis. The depth of flavor culminates in a finish with earthier black tea, bittersweet chocolate, graphite and espresso notes. The firm cocoa-powder tannins—a signature of Rutherford dust character—enhance the velvet texture and well-balanced structure, providing a mineral rich finish, as well as giving this Cabernet its cellar worthiness.