2018 Heir Apparent Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $150)

SKU #1560543 95 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Unquestionably my favorite in the lineup, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Heir Apparent has a Pauillac-like bouquet of blackcurrants, freshly sharpened lead pencils, tobacco, crushed stone, and new leather. Playing in the medium to full-bodied end of the spectrum, it has a seamless, elegant texture, good concentration, notable purity of fruit, and a great finish. While it’s not a blockbuster, it shines for its complexity and terrific overall balance and just has loads of character. If drinking any time soon, give bottles a solid hour in the decanter. It should evolve for 15-20 years. Inner quote mark (1/2021)

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By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/28/2021 | Send Email
This is for fans of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. The nose has aromas of red fruits with a subtle savory undertone. In the mouth it is classic Napa Cabernet, big and round with expressive juicy fruit flavors. Although easy to drink alone, it will be best with hearty foods.

By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/15/2021 | Send Email
Mr. Dunnuck's review on this wine is dead on perfect! This is absolutely textbook Rutherford Cabernet. Warm perfectly ripe fruit, with a touch of dust and perfectly balanced. The wine is elegant and delicious. I think the wine drinks beautifully young with some air. If you are looking for huge-dark-oaky Napa Cabernet this wine is NOT for you; this is classic Rutherford Cabernet in the style that made the whole Napa Valley famous. 3 Stars for quality and value! Ralph Sands

By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/12/2021 | Send Email
For the past couple of months we’ve seen some outrageous deals on Napa Cab, but this one is definitely the best I’ve seen in awhile. There’s nothing to write but laudations here. For me, this hits Rutherford spot on. There’s that Rutherford dust quality to this wine that half the producers in Napa would kill for. On the nose there’s gentle, soft aromas of cassis, blackfruits, the slightest hint of aromatic pepper and iron. The palate is generous, warm, sleek and velvety. Seriously, this hits the nail right on the head, I would gladly drink this anytime, anywhere and with a big grin on my face. Well done to our domestic buyer on this one--this is a great deal.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/7/2021 | Send Email
Heir Apparent delivers seriously good, classically styled Rutherford Cabernet for a very affordable price. I was hugely impressed with this wine and thought it more than lived up to Jeb Dunnuck's monster 95-point review. In addition, I thought his comparison of the flavor profile to Paulliac was spot on. I also found several markers in the wine that remind me of the great wines of Paulliac. The 2018 Heir Apparent is ripe and powerful with lashings of blue and purple fruit, crème de cassis, blackberry, and mulberry. Then distinctive pencil shavings, graphite, cigar box, dried herbs, and dusty minerals. Supporting the fruit, are well-refined but substantial structural tannins, giving wonderful length and definition on the palate. Whiffs of exotic French oak spice give another dimension. The finish is pure and fresh with poised acidity and fine tactile tannins. I love the power and opulence, so emblematic of what makes Rutherford such a world-class place to grow Cabernet. At the same time, it is refined and measured in its ripeness, extraction, and oak use, ultimately achieving a more classically styled expression that pays homage to the great wines of Bordeaux. While hard to resist right now with its considerable early appeal and suave fruit, it's also a wine I think will do very well with some time in the cellar. A legit bargain in top-notch Rutherford Cab, and that's not something we get to say often!
Top Value! Drink from 2021 to 2040

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