2004 Hewitt Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously 80)

SKU #1030285 93 points Connoisseurs Guide

 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.  (12/2007)

93 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (6/2007)

92 points 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.  (4/2014)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (12/2007)

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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. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- 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. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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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.