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2013 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon ~ $125

With its dusty, gravelly soils, the Morisoli Vineyard in the heart of Napa Valley’s historic Rutherford Bench is the source of fruit for this wine. Because of the powerful fruit character and firm tannins this vineyard supplies, 2/3 of the fruit was fermented in stainless steel tanks to retain the bright fruit flavors and 1/3 of it was fermented in new French oak barrels to add complexity and round tannins. The resulting wine displays classic Rutherford Bench characteristics of cassis and cherry with an intriguing note of mocha and a mouth feel that is both full and firm at the same time.

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