2002 Hewitt Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1020533 92 points Wine & Spirits

 Give this time for the dark roast coffee scent of the tannins to subside, and the fruit develops more clarity, moving to an undertone of black cherry, then a fresh bolt of cassis. The fruit feels sumptuous against the bristle of the tannin. Hewitt is a benchland vineyard in Rutherford next to Niebaum-Coppola. Tom Rinaldi, winemaker at Provenance, makes the wine here. This is one to cellar...  (12/2005)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Sumptuously intense fruit, fine toasted oak, and lush, smooth tannins all come together in this dramatic wine. It’s a wonder of modern Napa Valley, offering delicious cassis, chocolate and cherry flavors, with enough acidity for balance...  (12/2005)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide

 It will never be accused of being elegant, but this powerhouse Cabernet wins very high honors for its unstinting richness and riveting potency. Very ripe and highly oaked, yet always fixed on well-defined Cabernet currants, it is a weighty and positively mouthfilling wine with layer upon layer of extracted fruit, spice, and loamy earth complexities. It carries considerable tannin and demands patient aging, and, while it will not hit its stride for at least another five years, it all but guarantees further growth and improvement for a decade or more.  (12/2005)

Wine Spectator

 Has gained and is fun to drink. Rich and extracted, to the edge of syrupy, featuring pure, ripe crème de cassis, currant, blackberry and lead pencil flavors. Young and potent, yet very tannic, dry and chewy. (Web Only—2012)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.