Last Bottles Secret-Sourced Rutherford Cabernet
The 2014 Karo-Kann Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon is a classic Cabernet Sauvignon brimming with Napa opulence, and age-worthy Rutherford tannins. Sourced from one of the elite wineries of the appellation — under their label, you can expect at least $95 per bottle and up to 96 points from Robert Parker for the master blend. Finished by Britt Nichols (protégé of Nicolas Morlet and Philippe Melka) the wine is filled with a sensual mix of crushed black-fruit preserves and sweet crème de cassis, and muscular Rutherford tannin. Given the score and price tag on the master blend, this is a bold, pedigreed Napa Cab that far over-delivers at its $29.50 price tag. 69% off and just 65 cases available.
In October of 2015, after Robert Parker released his report on the stellar 2012, 2013, 2014 Napa vintages — awarding a record number of 96-100-point scores — the market for Cabernet was anything but buyer-friendly. Still, in our view, there was simply too much Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from ‘12, ‘13, and ‘14 to go around. If we acted quickly, we would beat the market to the punch. So we immediately placed calls to owners and GMs from Stags Leap, Howell Mountain, Atlas Peak, and Rutherford.
A few hours later we had a half-dozen messages in our inbox and, before leaving the office, we had closed on 12 barrels of premium 2014 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon. We can’t name any names — a lengthy NDA has our lips sealed — but the estate is blue-chip Rutherford. The next day, we commissioned Britt Nichols (who spent time working at Jordan Winery and alongside legends Nicolas Morlet and Philippe Melka), to oversee the finishing touches — racking, filtering, and bottling.
The juice was plush, filled with a sensual mix of crushed black-fruit preserves and sweet crème de cassis, bolstered by firm, Rutherford tannins — we expected no less, given the score and price tag on the master blend.