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2015 Sullivan Family "Estate" Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $110)

SKU #1385206 94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Very pretty and aromatic with flowers, currants and sandalwood. Sage, too. Full body, integrated fine tannins and a beautiful finish. Inner quote mark (12/2017)

92 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is more upfront and flamboyant, with sexy notes of sweet cassis, tobacco and violets. With medium to full body, not a hard edge to be found, and fruit galore, drink this pleasure-bent beauty over the coming decade or more. Inner quote mark (1/2019)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (a blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot) offers aromas of blackberry tart and blueberry pie with touches of dried herbs, pencil shavings and chargrill. Medium-bodied, finely crafted and approachable in the mouth, it has good pure fruit expression, finishing earthy. (LPB) Inner quote mark (12/2017)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This wine is tremendously structured and youthful in tannin and oak. The grapes come from the producer's 26-acre estate, which was first planted by Andre Tchelistcheff, a friend of the original founder. (Sullivan is currently owned by Juan Pablo Torres Padilla's private investment group VITE USA.) The wine is made by Jeff Cole and shows smoky black fruit and elements of crushed rock. *Cellar Selection* (VB) Inner quote mark (9/2019)

K&L Notes

While not exactly a household name (yet), The Sullivan Estate is a property on the rise; a winery to watch. Situated in the heart of Rutherford, the estate spans a glorious 26 acres of vineyards and gardens. Originally founded in 1972 by Jim Sullivan, the property is undergoing an amazing renaissance led by the efforts of new owner Juan Padilla. "I’m committed to making this estate one of the best in Rutherford, Napa Valley, and the world,” says Juan. Based on what I've tasted over the past couple of vintages, I'd say he's well on his way.


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By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/21/2020 | Send Email
Following on the heals of our extremely successful offer for the Sullivan Bordeaux style red ("Couer de Vigne") we were able to grab a parcel of their Estate Cabernet Sauvignon direct from the cellar. This winery may not be on your radar yet but it sits squarely in the heart of Napa Valley’s finest terrior. Located between Oakville and St. Helena, Rutherford is hallowed ground for lovers of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. As soon as I put the glass to my nose, I immediately got a sense of the pedigree of this wine. After my first taste, my initial impressions were confirmed. The tell tale Rutherford dust was front and center. I was particularly impressed by its seamless quality. It’s nicely packed with fresh picked ripe berries and compote. There’s good textural appeal with ripe and round tannins framing the long polished finish. While approachable now, this will benefit from a touch of age.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/7/2018 | Send Email
The Sullivan Cabernet is such a powerful wine it evokes many memories. Located in the Rutherford district the winery is among the company of the historic greats like Inglenook, Caymus and Del Dotto. But the style of the wine reminds me of the some of my favorite super-boutique producers from the late 90s and early 2000s like Behren's & Hitchcock and Pride Mountain. The Sullivan is at first sumptuous and lush with the mouthfeel and concentration of those top producers. The wine delivers full-force and the flavors roll accross the palate in waves ranging from cassis and creme de mure (blackberry) ultimately reaching a crescendo of Tahitian vanilla and dried sage. The finish goes on for minutes. At almost half it's original price it stands over everything else in its class right now and is a wonderful walk down memory lane.

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