2015 Beaulieu Vineyard Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1381703 92 points Wine & Spirits

 Here’s a red-fruited cabernet that’s juicy and ripe, buoyed by the elegance of benchland tannins. Those tannins feel brisk, with rocky mineral edges and softer hints of leather. They gird the flavors, holding them tight, even as a beam of freshness shoots through the middle of the wine, brightening the formal structure. Why pay $200 for a sumo wrestler when you can get this lithe marathon runner for $45?  (10/2018)

91 points James Suckling

 A soft and juicy red with a blackberry and black-olive character. Dark chocolate, too. Some green olives. Medium to full body, firm tannins and a flavorful finish. Drink or hold.  (5/2018)

90 points Vinous

 The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford is plush, sensual and inviting, all of which make it an excellent choice for drinking now and over the next few years. Hints of cedar, tobacco, menthol, chocolate and licorice add aromatic nuance to a core of fleshy dark fruit. Drink it over the next decade or so. (AG)  (3/2018)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Brawny char and dark chocolate create a stage for jammy black cherry and blackberry to star in this big-boned full-bodied wine. Generous use of oak and substantial tannin give it an oomph of power that persists through a soft rounded finish. (VB)  (2/2019)

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By: Neal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/16/2019 | Send Email
I get why this Cab is scoring in the 90s across publications and for multiple reviewers. This is a classic Californian Cabernet with style, so it's jammy but avoids getting sticky. The nose opens with strawberry preserves and it includes baking spices like clove and cardamom. Further nosing reveals blueberry, other dusty fruits, and a great loamy character. The palate really shows off this wine's elegance displaying earthy notes of tobacco leaf and old leather while still retaining a hearty black fruit characteristics.

By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/11/2019 | Send Email
It was good to see this old friend on the shelf. My first introduction to the microclimates of the Napa Valley. What was better to see that it still delivers the great value that it did way back in the '90s. This is a complex structured Cab that is great on its own built old school, it wants to be enjoyed at the dinner table. Dark Cabernet fruits with a little tobacco, oak spice and the dustiness that you should get if it says Rutherford on the label.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/9/2019 | Send Email
A screaming deal on a longtime Napa stalwart! This famed bottling from BV nails the classic regional profile of "Rutherford Dust." The wine is packed with deep, rich, dark fruit, smokey plum, blackcurrant, cassis, dusty loamy red earth, leather and subtle cigar box notes. It's the real deal and at a price that is simply unheard of in the modern era of Rutherford Cab. Get it while you can, this was a one time deal from this Napa Valley icon.
Top Value! Drink from 2019 to 2029

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/3/2019 | Send Email
In the realm of historic Napa Valley wineries few share the amount of history carved out by Beaulieu Vineyards. The winery has been in existence for nearly 120 years! Cabernet Sauvignon rules here in the former home to famed winemaker Andre Tchelistcheff. The Rutherford bottling is silky smooth with all the depth and warmth of a classic Cabernet. Red and black berries swim alongside nuances of violets, vanilla, and oak spice. The wine is properly structured and should provide exceptional drinking for years to come.

By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/3/2019 | Send Email
When I had the chance to taste the 2015 BV Rutherford, my nostalgia went into high gear. This is old school Napa Cabernet: fragrant, structured, and bright. The nose is incredibly aromatic, with softer elements of vanilla and spice above medium red fruit, and a totally welcomed hint of bell pepper. Medium weight on the palate, this is really the polar opposite of a fruit bomb with a palate that expresses graphite, tobacco leaves and cassis. The tannic structure really stretches across the palate here. This is proper Napa Cabernet that tastes way more expensive than it is and harkens back to a more balanced, beautiful style of Napa Valley.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/2/2019 | Send Email
The nose on this wine is broad, bold showing sweet earth and cassis aromatics. On the palate it shows a medium plus body, balanced, restrained but very flavorful. That sweet earth cassis aromatic turns into the same flavors on the palate and adds a bit of green olive. The finish is balanced, fresh and replays lots of the same flavors, all in all I was far more impressed by this wine than I thought I would be, well made and focused.

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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.


- 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.
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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.