A single-vineyard wine from a small block in one of our prized Rutherford vineyards, our 2010 So Rare displays up front red and black fruit characteristics, including fresh Bing cherry, pomegranate and cassis. The sweet, toasty oak introduces spice and floral notes that seamlessly integrate with the prominent fruit flavors. Notes of mocha, cardamom, vanilla and a touch of brushy earth round out the profile, and a hint of minerality can be detected on the long, structured finish. This is a classic Rutherford Cabernet, promising exuberant fruit in the near term and complexity and layered finesse with long term cellaring.
The 2010 growing season in Napa Valley was unusually cool, and we spent extra time in our vineyards ensuring that vines and clusters were positioned to receive proper heat and sunshine. Yields were relatively small and harvest was on the late side, giving the grapes ample time to develop flavor and phenolic content. Interestingly, we were able to bring in physiologically ripe fruit at a lower than normal sugar level – a combination which results in a wine of structure and age worthiness.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
One hundred percent handpicked and sorted, the grapes for this vintage were harvested in one lot and placed in a stainless fermentation tank where they underwent a “cold soak” for four days at 55°F. This allowed the wine to extract much of its color without the influence of alcohol, resulting in a deep, dark ruby color. The wine was aged for a period of 22 months in 75% new and 25% one-year-old French oak barrels. Racked three times from barrel to barrel, the wine was bottled without fining.