2016 Grand Napa Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $135)

SKU #1403310 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Deep garnet-black in color, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford has a nose of cassis, violets, cedar and camphor with chocolate and aniseed in the background. Medium to full-bodied and grainy, it is earthy in the mouth, finishing long and mineral laced. (LPB) 94+  (12/2018)

92 points James Suckling

 Dark-plum, blackberry and chocolate aromas with a subtly leafy edge on the nose. The palate delivers a bright, assertive impression with redder plums, raspberries and a fresh, zesty finish.  (11/2019)

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Aged two years in 60% new Seguin Moreau French oak barrels and 40% neutral (4+ years old) French oak.

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/5/2019 | Send Email
This is top notch, classic, Rutherford Cabernet for an absolute song! After being offered a parcel of these highly rated, yet under-the-radar, Grand Napa wines for a fraction of their SRP, we tasted very diligently on several occasions and time and time again I was just floored by the quality, power and balance the wines possessed. The Rutherford Cab starts out with an explosive nose of briary, blackcurrant fruit with tobacco leaf, cedar and that celebrated "Rutherford Dust" quality. The palate is luxurious and suave with lush fruit, very fine, polished tannins framed by classy high-end French oak. It's rich and powerful but not high-octane or jammy. Really concentrated and intense but refined at the same time. This combination of quality (first and foremost) plus press (94+WA) and discount (60+% off) doesn't come around very often. We're stocking our cellars with this beauty for the next decade plus. It might be that long before we see this type of deal again!
Drink from 2019 to 2030

By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/5/2019 | Send Email
Talk about unbelievable. This 2016 Grand Napa Rutherford came out of nowhere and nearly knocked me off my feet. Spice, smoke, and a touch of pepper dominate the nose, but what’s really crazy about this wine is the palate. It is intensely concentrated--a power monster that is mouth-coating delicious with dark fruits like cassis and blackberries and perfectly toned vanilla spice towards the back palate. But this is far from a fruit bomb, it is refined and balanced as you would expect from exceptional Napa Cab. That’s not even to mention the finish on this wine that just carries and carries. One of the best deals I’ve come across in Napa for a long, long time.

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/28/2019 | Send Email
Having no experience with the wines from Grand Napa, I didn't know what to expect. In all honesty, I thought it would be a bit flashy or anonymous. But what impressed me that it was very focused, detailed, and poised. This is a textured Napa Cab that shows it's Rutherford roots and delivers classic cassis and deep cherry flavors. It is beautifully textured and a shows the freshness and elegance of the 2016 vintage. All of this wraps up in a resounding finish that lingers on the palate for 30+ seconds and shows the true depth. This is my new favorite Cab in the store. Drink it now with a healthy decant and you won't be disappointed, but this is a wine that will age easily for another fifteen to twenty years.

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5