92 point Wine Enthusiast: "Spicy, smoky new oak leaps out of the glass, like a blast of caramelized meringue, but the fruit is so rich that the oak is in balance. The underlying flavors of blackberries, licorice and chocolate are, in a word, delicious." 92 points Wine & Spirits: "Black-fruited and lush, there's a bright red cherry highlight to this wine that contrasts the simple, generous core of richness. It ends clean, with a fine textural quality to the tannin that lends a classic Rutherford elegance. For lamb chops." For Provenance winemaker Tom Rinaldi, achieving this cabernet's characteristic "Rutherford Dust" is a matter of selecting the right fruit. The majority of the grapes for this wine come from outstanding Rutherford vineyards, including Beckstoffer George III on the east side of the appellation and the Provenance and Hewitt estate vineyards on the west. Aged in a combination of new and used American and French oak barrels, the wine displays classic mocha and toffee characters on the nose, with hints of clove, violet and chocolate in addition to lively red currant, black cherry and wild blackberry aromas. On the palate, the wine is richly textured, with flavors of dark chocolate, blackberry and espresso on the entry, with black pepper, black tea and green olive mid-palate. Balanced, with plush tannins and a long, elegant finish with the signature, cocoa powder notes of "Rutherford Dust."
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