Karo-Kann Rutherford Cabernet 2014 | Awesome Depth & Purity
Karo-Kann Rutherford Cabernet 2014 pours a deep purple color. Concentrated blackberry, cassis, cocoa, and tobacco emerge on the nose. Then preceding a full body and stunning palate of black cherry, pomegranate, and bitter chocolate. While it’s all framed by firm, dusty tannins, and finishes long and tightly knit..
Hailing from the 2014 vintage, which Vinous called “aromatically expressive, rich and energetic, with striking balance and plenty of potential,” this Karo-Kann Rutherford Cabernet 2014 is a perfect embodiment of all that the legendary year has to offer. It’s been perfectly cellared since being bottled, and now, finally, is inching toward its peak.
Sourced from 99 & 100 Point Vineyards
The grapes in this multilayered Karo-Kann Rutherford Cabernet 2014 come with a pedigree that reads like a who’s who of chart-topping wines. As always, winemaker Britt Nichols had to agree to a vow of secrecy when she accepted the offer of this fruit, but there’s just no hiding the effusive sense of power and complexity that those legendary vineyard sites have given to this wine.
In fact, all three lots in this blend hail from sites that produced top-scoring wines in the outstanding 2014 vintage. So, one vineyard scored 99 points for its Cab, which Jeb Dunnuck adored for its “awesome depth” and ”purity. Yet, another charmed Vinous to the tune of 94 points for its “super classic” Cabernet quality and powerful tannins. Finally, Britt rounded out the blend with Cabernet Franc that scored 100 points in ‘14. As a result, the stellar grapes add a subtle sense of aromatic lift that throws the power of the rest of the miraculous blend into startlingly delicious relief.
Winemaker Britt Nichols
So, winemaker Britt Nichols has more pedigree than many winemakers twice her age. Starting with time spent at Jordan Winery and alongside legends Nicolas Morlet and Philippe Melka. Like those of her mentors, Britt’s Cabernets are deep in color, rich, and intensely concentrated. Yet unlike all too many Napa Valley Cabernets, these are also wines of great class, sleekness, and polish.