Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014

Produced by Chaix Wines

Compelling aromas of dark fruit, dry earth, cocoa, leather, and dried herbs combine to create a ruby-colored wine overflowing with flavors of ripe plums, cassis, and black cherry. Finish is long and mineral-driven with fine-grained, silky tannins. An excellent expression of the fruit from this historic estate. one of our best vintages.

Icons/location pin Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
Icons/wine/red Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Icons/star Limited wine (484 cases produced)
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Structure
  • Tannin
  • Body
  • Acidity
  • Sweetness
  • Funkiness
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Food Pairing

Prime Rib, Steak Tacos, Braised Beef

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Tasting Notes

Cocoa, Dark Fruit, Leather, Earth, Dried Herbs

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Noteworthy Topography

Grown in the exclusive “Rutherford Bench” which runs about 3 miles north beginning in Oakville along the west side of Highway 29. Chaix Family Vineyards is a 38-acre parcel in the center of the appellation. The deep, loamy “Rutherford Dust” produces the lush fruit character for which area Cabernets are known. The wine is cultivated from a block planted in 1991 with Freedom rootstock grafted with clone 337.

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Unusual Vintage

The drought persisted and an earthquake rocked Napa Valley in August. In a vintage year where we received half the rain of a normal winter, we were thrilled to see rain in February and March. The spring was warm and very dry and quantities were again lower as vines struggled. In the end, 2014 was another stellar vintage year.

Rutherford, Napa Valley, California

Chaix Wines

Our story in the Napa Valley began more than 110 years ago. Our goal as growers has remained consistent over the century – let our fruit reflect the essential elements of the land and the qualities of the growing season. As vintners our philosophy is much the same. At Chaix Wines we handcraft a Cabernet Sauvignon with grapes sourced exclusively from our historic estate.

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What's in the bottle
Cabernet Sauvignon ()
ABV: 14.9%
Acidity: ph of 3.84 acidity of 0.64 g/l
Harvest
Cabernet Sauvignon from Chaix Family Vineyards, Rutherford ().
Winemaking
Fermentation: Destemmed and sorted, the must underwent a 2 day cold-soak, twice daily punch downs during fermentation, spending 15 days on the skins, full malolactic fermentation
Aging
22 months in medium-toast French oak, 60% of which was new.
Bottled on: 2015-06-20

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