2003 Hewitt Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon
Grown in the heart of the West Rutherford Bench, this rich, complex, deeply cast wine follows the highly ripe line that it has adopted in previous vintages as well. And, if that ripeness costs it a shot at the highest rating in these pages, the wine still has near perfect focus and an enormous amount of come-hither richness to its credit. It wants time to soften, and it certainly has the right stuff to grow in the bottle.
Ripe, soft and polished, this is one of those Cabernets that feels fancy and upscale in the mouth. Mainly that comes from the quality of the tannins, which are refined and sweet, and the flavors, which are a combination of blackberry, ripe grapes and new oak. Probably at its best now and for the next five years.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Still tightly knit with good acidity, terrific purity, a boatload of creme de cassis and kirsch-like fruit, it is full-bodied, backward, brooding and stunning. A long finish is especially impressive. However, this wine is extremely young and requires patience, although it is certainly not infanticide to drink it now. Forget it for 5 years and drink it over the following 20-25 years. (RP)
Wine & Spirits
Youthfully tight, this cabernet shows the potential to grow opulent, its potent black currant flavors held under austere tannins. The warmth of 2003 is there, as is a mouthwatering freshness. Give this time to evolve in the cellar; probably best ten years from the vintage.