Last Call on Britt’s Rutherford Cabernet Best
326 bottles. That’s it. That’s all that remains in our temperature controlled warehouse of the 2014 Nichols Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford. We’re talking 100% Cabernet that hails from an iconic Napa winery. When Britt Nichols first tasted us on this blue-black stunner, we begged her to give us just an inkling of the fruit source, but all she offered up was this: “I’m under a strict non-disclosure, so I can’t be exact,” but added, “the source is one of Napa’s most historic vineyards—a stone’s throw from Caymus and Staglin.” The winery in question sells a Cabernet. A very good Cabernet… at $125 per bottle. Many of you have already enjoyed several bottles of Britt’s rendition. Two comments from clients stood out to us: “This wine is incredible! The full fruit flavor was amazing-we consumed a half case and ordered a full case,” and “Very Caymus like!” So, if you’re among the 174 clients who rated this 4-stars, or the 93 who rated it a perfect 5/5, let’s do some quick math: that’s 267 very happy wine lovers. Again, we have just 326 bottles left and then this beauty is gone. At $29.99 on cases, there’s only about 27 cases to go around.
Is this offer too good to be true? You’re going to look for a catch. It’s there, just read on.
“In Rutherford, the weather was ideal for ripening,” Britt Nichols told us. “There was almost no pressure from rain or heat on the fruit, which came out perfectly — deep purple colors, thick skins, massive concentration.” In her typically reserved fashion, the talented young winemaker was happy to give the vintage all the credit for her brilliant 2014. “The wine practically made itself!”
Of course, we knew better than to be fooled by Britt’s humility. She has more pedigree than many twice her age, with time spent at Jordan Winery and alongside winemaking legends Nicolas Morlet and Philippe Melka. Like those of her mentors, Britt’s Cabernets are deep in color, rich, and intensely concentrated. Yet unlike all too many Napa Valley Cabernets, these are also wines of great class, sleekness, and polish.
Tasted in a lineup of Rutherford Cabernets with higher profiles and much larger price tags, Britt’s 2014 was right at home. As it turned out, this wasn’t a coincidence. Britt’s stunning 2014 tasted like a Rutherford heavyweight because it was made from the same fruit! “I’m under non-disclosure, so I can’t be exact,” Britt explained, “but the source is one of Napa’s most historic vineyards—a stone’s throw from Caymus and Staglin.”
The 2014 Nichols Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford is comprised of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink it now for its youthful hedonism—if you’re utterly impatient—or do as we’re doing, and wait until the early 2020s. Last call.
- Wine Access Wine Team