2004 Hewitt Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously 80)
As Cabernet goes, this highly extracted and very gutsy working stands with the most bombastic in terms of sheer richness and size, yet it does not sell its soul to unbridled ripeness. Its potent aromas of dark berries, cassis, loam and caramel are echoed in character by its concentrated curranty flavors, and its consider-able tannins are never so tough as to overshadow its essential message of varietal fruit. A big wine by any and all standards, it will pair best with appropriately hearty foods and should grow for a good many years.
Tight, firm, concentrated and well focused, with a complex range of earthy currant, herb, anise, sage and cedary oak. The finish pulls it all together, with a wonderful aftertaste that homes in on the fruit and tannins. Best from 2008 through 2013.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Beautiful aromas of creme de cassis and kirsch-like fruit jump from the glass of Hewitt’s 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon. From a vineyard located on the Rutherford Bench, this wine was made by the highly respected Napa winemaker, Tom Rinaldi. Its dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by classic notes of red and black currants along with plenty of complexity, purity and richness, and a full-bodied mouthfeel. As are most 2004s, this wine is very approachable and should drink well for another decade.
Tasted twice in mid-2007, several months apart. The first time, the wine was tough and astringent. The second tasting showed a fleshy young wine, still with firm tannins, but the cherries and plums were breaking through. This dry young Cab is on a development path. Drink now, with decanting, and through 2012.