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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

2005 Provenance Cabernet Sauvignon

I hold a special place in my heart for this property and the wonderful wines made by Tom Rinaldi. It was the first winery guest house I stayed at in Napa and they treated us amazingly. I do want to say that if their wine sucked or something I would have no trouble in pointing it out even though I have had a good experience with the vintners.

This wine is their estate Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon and the fruit was sourced from the historic Georges III vineyard. This 300 acre vineyard was originally planted by Georges DeLatour of Beaulieu in 1928. Thomas Rutherford is actually said to be the first to plant grapes on this historic piece of vineyard property.

I couldn't find the tech data for this wine on the website but I will give you my tasting notes.

First off, on the nose this wine is absolutely breathtaking! If Cabernet has a smell and it's in it's purest form, then I believe this is it! I get the most amazing notes of mocha, dark chocolate, beautiful black cherry, nutmeg, and a touch of mint and black olive. I really get the distinct terroir of Rutherford with this wine and I know it sounds funny but the "dust" is really there!

On the palate pure dark berry fruits such as black cherry and blackberry continue to impress, while secondary notes and nuances of chocolate, espresso, peppercorn, and cedar are also prevalent leading into the finish. There is some really serious spice on the finish as well and I think this would be the perfect pairing for a heavily seasoned flank steak.

If you're looking for a classic example of Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon and one that really speaks of the soil and quality of the AVA, then this wine fully delivers. When I search for the purest form of Rutherford, I always look for an electrifying bouquet full of dark berry fruit and chocolate aromas. This wine is exactly that. 91 points

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