Aiken Rutherford Cabernet 2009
Some of the most historic wines produced in California are Cabernet Sauvignon from the Rutherford Bench. I have spent my entire career focused on creating Cabernet at the very highest level from this hallowed region. For years I have felt that these Cabernets are complete wines that need no other varietals blended in to fill in voids in aroma, flavor or body. The gravelly bench land soil produces wines stylistically between those of the valley floor and those from hillside vineyards. This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is classic Rutherford showing black cherry, black olive and firm yet refined tannins that will allow the wine to age and improve for decades.
Wine EnthusiastAtypical of a Rutherford Cabernet, this is in fact unlike most of today's expensive Cabernets from anywhere in Napa Valley. It's aggressively tannic and dry, and it seems emulate an older style, though the alcohol is considerably higher than anything from the old days. With a core of blackberries and black currants, it may well develop bottle complexity over the years.
Wine SpectatorBordeaux-like and austere, featuring a mix of cedar, graphite, dried berry and crushed rock notes, ending with a dash of black licorice. Best from 2014 through 2024. 65 cases made.