Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon


The grapes for our 2008 Emblem Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon were harvested from a single Rutherford vineyard east of the Napa River extending to Conn Creek in the alluvial Creek, fan of the Vaca Range, a place where our family has 46 years of winegrowing experience. The valley floor's warm climate and deep, well-drained soils produce vigorous vines that receive more sun exposure than in other parts of the Napa Valley. To moderate and distribute the sun's heat, the vines are planted in east-west facing rows, and a single-sided ballerina trellising system shades the fruit from intense morning sun. Rutherford historically produces classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon fruit of excellent quality.

Napa Valley's 2008 growing season was dramatic, but resulted in excellent quality fruit with great flavor concentration. A very dry spring caused buds to emerge early and, thus, experience an extended frost in late March and early April, which significantly cut the crop. The early vine development was slowed down by a cool summer of consistent temperatures, and harvest began only slightly ahead of normal. A heat spell in late August sped up ripening suddenly, but cool fall temperatures that followed lengthened the harvest. This was the second consecutive dry growing season in the Napa Valley and the reduced crops resulted in vines yielding berries that showed great expression of their vineyards and rich, concentrated flavors.
Download 2008 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon Vintage Notes

Vintage: 2008
Varietal: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Total Acidity: 5.76 g/l (0.62%)
pH: 3.77
Alcohol: 14.3%
Aging: 22 months in barrel (66% new), 6 months in bottle



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