The sensational 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford comes from clone 4 and the old Georges III Vineyard now owned by Beckstoffer. This is a floral, earthy wine with a dense purple color and a big, sweet, complex nose that follows through on the palate with loads of kirsch liqueur, black currants, dusty soil undertones, some cedar wood and spicy oak. Opaque purple, full-bodied, and generously endowed, it can be drunk over the next 15-20 years.
Patel's 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (Rutherford) emerges from one of the top sites in the appellation. Cedar, tobacco, mint, red cherry, chocolate and menthol nuances are vivid in the glass. Medium in body and yet super resonant, the Rutherford Cabernet is another stellar wine in this range. The 2016 is already quite pliant and supple. Accordingly, it will drink well with minimal cellaring.
~ 94 Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com
$175 per bottle ~ 95 cases produced