Napa Valley’s Iconic Rutherford appellation is one of THE most revered regions for Cabernet Sauvignon, and it’s celebrated for producing wines with palpable character. Paragons Quintessa, BV and Scarecrow all set a precedence for quality in Rutherford. I recently checked the average retail price of the more than fifty 2013 vintage Rutherford Cabernets listed in the Wine Spectator and they averaged well over $130/btl… This is a real barometer to the quality of this appellation, and if you’ve followed my emails for a while, you know that one of my favorite Rutherford producers is Foley Johnson.
2013 ESTATE CABERNET
NAPA VALLEY RUTHERFORD
Wine(dot) Retails: $89.99/btl
Winery Retails at: $75.00/btl
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Winery Notes: “The nose of our 2013 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is fruit forward with very deep and concentrated notes of blackberry, black currant and hints of toasted characters. The body follows the aroma and is fruit forward with nice tannin balance throughout the palate. The fruit on the palate shines and provides flavors from blackberry to slight hints of light raspberry and as it opens up there is a light hint of sweetness and licorice. Although the tannins are still quite prevalent, they are not overwhelming and are approachable now, but will age nicely over next 5-10 years.”
Foley Johnson 2013 Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon (Rutherford)
From Wine Enthusiast, “Full, robust layers of black cherry and peppery tannins figure prominently on the palate of this fruit-forward wine that also manages to be lively in acidity. Spicy clove, black pepper and toasted oak add complexity and depth.” 92 Points
DESIGNATION Estate Bottled
VARIETY Cabernet Sauvignon
APPELLATION Rutherford, Napa, California, US
WINERY Foley Johnson