2003 Hewitt Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1219006 92 points Connoisseurs Guide

 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.  (12/2006)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (12/2006)

90 points 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)  (6/2013)

90 points 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.  (12/2006)

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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 M├ędoc 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.