2013 Provenance Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1244048 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 As for the red wines, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (14,460 cases) from Rutherford is a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. It was aged 22 months in mostly French oak, although some American and Hungarian casks were utilized. Most of the fruit comes from the Beckstoffer George III vineyard as well as Hewitt’s own estate vineyard. This beauty may be the best Cabernet Sauvignon from Provenance that I have tasted to date. Loads of crème de cassis, creosote and smoky barbecue notes are followed by a wine with deep blackcurrant fruit, some black cherries, a hint of loamy soil, nice spice, and a layered, full-throttle mouthfeel. The acids are present, giving the wine energy, yet there’s a long finish and impressive purity. This is no wimpish wine either at 15.2% natural alcohol. Drink it over the next 20+ years. (RP)  (10/2016)

K&L Notes

The wines from Provenance Vineyards in Rutherford have long been on our radar here at K&L. They have consistently produced wines of the highest quality and done so for incredibly affordable prices. However over the last couple of years the wines were missing in action here due to some supplier issues that we don't need to get into so when the 2013 Rutherford Cabernet bottling turned up on my desk I was incredibly excited about the possibility to work with the brand again. Then we tasted the wine. Talk about being blown away! I can say without question, and I've worked with this brand since its inception, that this is the best Provenance Rutherford Cabernet I've ever had. Provenance Vineyards began all the way back with the release, in the early 2000's, of the 1999 version of this Rutherford Cab. At that point in time I was new in the wine biz and just learning the ropes. I was working at a small shop and we tasted a ton of wine together, which really helped bring my palate along rapidly, and I can still remember tasting the first vintage of this wine. Tom Rinaldi had just left Duckhorn to help start this winery and everyone was intrigued on why he would do such a thing, I mean he made like 20+ years at Duckhorn and helped them build their brand from scratch. But once we tasted the wine we knew we were in for a fun ride. Now 15 years later or so we are still reaping those rewards. (Bryan Brick, K&L Wine Merchants)

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Staff Image By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/10/2016 | Send Email
Earthy with cedar and blue floral on the nose, the 2013 Provenance perfectly showcases a more traditional Napa style with finesse and complexity. This big, dusty Cab is luxurious and dense but balanced, with silky texture, concentrated black raspberry fruit, and a subtly rustic tannic finish. I can see why it received such high scores from critics, and the price is incredible, especially for Rutherford and this special vintage.

Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/8/2016 | Send Email
The 2013 begins with an inky and darkly hued color which betrays its lifted and treble-y nose of blue and black fruits, cedar, sarsaparilla and underlying floral undercurrents of lilac and lavender. To say there is a lot going on in the nose would be an understatement and that complexity and intensity finds itself popping up throughout this wine. Classy on the palate with showy, lush, creamy fruits and a texture that is pure silk this is one mouth filling wine. I mean I’d pay this much for the wine four just the mouth-feel alone. But there is gobs of cassis and mocha flavors all slightly glycerin-y, maybe in just exactly the right proportions, with very varietal notes of bay leaf, sandalwood, a slight pinch of white pepper and long finishing fruit akin to freshly dried blackberries and unsweetened cocoa powder. The best part about this is that it is delicious right now and I can only see this getting better over the next 2-3 years and having a lifespan of 7-11 years without trying very hard at all.

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/8/2016 | Send Email
A slam dunk California cabernet that really covers all the bases: great price, great flavors, great complexity, and great accessibility. You don't have to be an expert to appreciate the quality of the 13 Provenance. The seductive textures, the concentrated fruits, and the ease at which the wine glides over the palate will be recognizable to any lover of red wine. You could pair this with a burger, pop open a bottle for happy hour, or pour a few glasses over the course of a few days. The wine is so deliciously drinkable on its own that I could imagine people buying cases of this and enjoying it for a variety of different occasions. When you taste the Provenance, you'll get an inkling of just how good the 2013 vintage was for Napa cab. It's the best Provenance I've ever tasted.

Staff Image By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/8/2016 | Send Email
I can't say I have ever seen a wine with the Beckstoffer name associated with it and priced under a hundred bucks (let alone $35). It simply doesn't happen. As to the wine itself, it's fantastic - dark fruited, plush and accessible, with that classic Rutherford dust to round out the finish. There's a reason we went all-in on this one.

Staff Image By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/8/2016 | Send Email
K&L's domestic buyer really scored with this one. See what I did there? Critic scores aside, if you're looking for an affordable California Cab that has a lot to offer, this is your wine. Generous, bright fruit with fine structure and balance, this Cab comes out at an incredible value. It's safe to say I will be buying quite a few of these for myself to enjoy.

Staff Image By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/8/2016 | Send Email
This is a very well made Caberent with some definite seriousness to it. Gorgeous concentration, but not over extracted at all. Great lush and generous fruit, with a nice dusty tannin structure. A lot of balance and bang for your buck, enjoy!

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/8/2016 | Send Email
I love the nose of this wine, classic Napa fruit, and I’m mean more old school Napa fruit, not super overripe or woody, beautiful aromatics of cassis, hints of earth and spice and super intriguing. On the palate the wine is warm, gracious and full but never leads to any overripe character despite the alcohol level this wine is really well balanced, I was shocked after tasting when I saw the numbers. Really pleasant palate presence, long, luscious yet restrained, very well balanced, just an exceptionally good deal.
Drink from 2016 to 2023

Staff Image By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/8/2016 | Send Email
RP94, Beckstoffer fruit, Napa's greatest vintage, and under $35?! Count me in, big time. This is the kind of combo that we endlessly search for and usually sell out immediately. Those that stash the best of 2013 will have great bottles to come back to year over year, and I'm hard pressed to think of a better sweet spot bottling. Provenance's '13 Napa delivers the goods with textural brilliance, bright acidity, deep Cab flavors, a sense of place, and and overall profile that usually demands much, much more of a premium in Napa. Enjoy now with a few hours decant (it opened up beautifully today after about two hours) or keep a case in the cellar over the next 15+ years.

Staff Image By: Sal Rodriguez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/8/2016 | Send Email
Sometimes I question whether or not I should write a review. Will the item be around long enough for the review to matter, is usually my first consideration. In this instance, I don't really care. This is great wine!! Unlike many California Cabernet wines that are big and brooding, this is very pretty, elegant, bright, and lifted. Not to say it doesn't have nice weight and good spice, so don't mistake it for a "light-weight", but this is drinkable, approachable, and freakin delicious! Get yours!

Staff Image By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/8/2016 | Send Email
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The 2013 vintage in California has been a great success and here is a rare opportunity to get a truly great Napa Cab at a very reasonable price. Rich and sturdy with layers of slightly smoky oak, intense deep fruit and yummy spice all wrapped around a wonderfully sturdy frame. The lush fruit feels very fresh due to the nicely balanced acidity and masks the great structure so I suspect much of this will be drunk up early but I'm putting some down for a bit of ageing, I bet we'll see some great progress over the next 10 years in this wine. It has a noticeable family resemblance to the Hewitt wines but at a fraction of the cost.
Top Value!

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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.