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2016 Provenance Vineyards Star Vineyard Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

2016 Provenance Vineyards Star Vineyard Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

Provenance Vineyards

2016 Provenance Vineyards Star Vineyard Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

$135.00
$54.00
$1,620.00
$648.00

Description

Description

You can find Star Vineyard tucked quietly behind the Rutherford Grill restaurant in the heart of the Rutherford American Viticultural Area (AVA). This Iconic vineyard was planted over 60 years ago and is extremely low yielding, resulting in small concentrated berries. This Cabernet Sauvignon was made from a special selection called Martha’s Clone and showcases a true sense of place and picked at its peak maturity. Vintage after Vintage this is the last vineyard we pick during each harvest season, allowing for maximum hangtime which provides Cabernet fruit with unrivaled complexity and concentration.

Awards & Accolades

Awards & Accolades

94

JamesSuckling.com

“A big boy with mature plums and a touch of something balsamic. This packs quite a punch on the widescreen palate, but is almost silky, in spite of the generous tannins. The first vintage of this wine. Drink or hold.” - James Suckling

Wine & Vintage Details

Wine & Vintage Details

Tasting Note

Our 2016 Star Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon jumps from the glass with exuberant dark blackberry and blueberry fruit, alongside earthy and floral characters of violet, black licorice, and anise. The palate is smooth and plush with saturated, rich blackberry, dark plum, blueberry, and black cherry. This Cabernet is very expressive with bright acidity that carries the weight accented by sweet, chewy, firm tannins and hints of tea leaf on the extraordinary finish. The firm cocoa-powder tannins—a signature of Rutherford dust character—enhance the velvet texture and well-balanced structure, providing a mineral-rich finish, as well as giving this Cabernet its cellar-worthiness. Only 311 cases were produced, and they are available exclusively at our winery.

Vintage

The extended drought was beginning to cause real concern as the 2016 growing season kicked off, but some welcomed winter rain hinted at the relief to come. After a relatively dry January, we enjoyed significant rainfall in February, along with mild temperatures. Bud break was early but was slowed by heavy April showers. While still early by historical standards, picking began about a week later than 2015, right around Labor Day, and continued at a leisurely pace, allowing the grapes to reach full flavor maturity. A traditionally sized harvest followed the lighter showing of 2015, and the extended mild season helped to balance the acids and add complexity to the layers of flavors. Considered a perfect harvest and a winemaker’s dream vintage, conditions were perfect for producing a Cabernet with beautiful fruit as well as tremendous concentration of flavors, highly saturated color, and layers of complexity.

Vineyard & Winemaking Details

Vineyard & Winemaking Details

Rutherford AVA

Rutherford

Vineyard

You can find Star Vineyard tucked quietly behind the Rutherford Grill restaurant in the heart of the Rutherford American Viticultural Area (AVA). This Iconic vineyard was planted over 60 years ago and is extremely low yielding, resulting in small concentrated berries. This Cabernet Sauvignon was made from a special selection called Martha’s Clone and showcases a true sense of place and picked at its peak maturity. Vintage after Vintage this is the last vineyard we pick during each harvest season, allowing for maximum hangtime which provides Cabernet fruit with unrivaled complexity and concentration.

Winemaking

We hand sorted the grapes first in the vineyard, as we picked them at dawn, and then again at the winery for optimum quality. We cold soaked the must for gentle extraction and fermented in stainless steel tanks. Following extended maceration and pressing, the wine completed malolactic fermentation in barrels to round the acidity and enrich the mouthfeel. Gentle rackings naturally clarified the wine, while barrel aging melded complex oak nuances with the ripe, dark-fruit expression.

Trevor Durling - Former Winemaker

Trevor grew up in nearby Sonoma County, one of the wine hubs of Northern California. Wine was a staple at his family dinner table, and he enrolled in the Viticulture and Enology program at the University of California, Davis. After an internship at Sonoma-Cutrer in 2003 and two consecutive harvest internships making sparkling wine at Gloria Ferrer, Trevor joined Moon Mountain Vineyard, a small, well-regarded organic vineyard in Sonoma, shortly after his graduation from UC Davis. In March of 2010, Trevor joined the winemaking team at Hewitt Vineyard and Provenance Vineyards and was appointed senior winemaker in 2015.

"From a winemaking standpoint, we have access to some of the best fruit in Napa Valley, not just from our estate in Rutherford, but also from Carneros in the south all the way up to Calistoga in the north. Our job is to make sure that each wine is balanced, complex, exciting and representative of its terroir."

Winemaker Trevor Durling

Alcohol % 15.6%
Oak Treatment Aged 20 months in French oak barrels (82% new barrels)
pH 3.82
Blend 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Case Production 311 cases

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