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RUTHERFORD CABERNET SAUVIGNON TASTING NOTES

I have been drinking BV wines for quite some time now and have quite a few in my cellar. They make great daily drinkers, like the Napa cabernet; lovely steak wines, like the 2003 Rutherford Cabernet, and their fantastic reserve wines like the Maestro collection and the Clone wines. If you visit BV enjoy the many wines available for tasting right when you enter the tasting building. However, if you are able to visit the downstairs you will be able to try reserve, Maestro and clone wines. You may have to join the BV wine club to gain access (check into it...I did!). If you do make it downstairs you may have the pleasure of meeting Anne and Robert at your tasting. They are delightful as well as knowledgeable so try to book your visit with them.

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BV Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 2003 92+ pt.

This is my "go to bottle" for an "any day" steak dinner! I have gone through about 5 cases of this wine and when I want an affordable great bottle of wine to serve with a steak dinner this is the one I would recommend. It is a big, full bordeaux style red wine from the Rutherford area of Napa. I paid between $18 and $25 per bottle and think it was a steal at these prices. If you can find it, and you're looking for a fantastic, not too expensive, wine to pair with a rib eye, strip or sirloin steak...this is a Cabernet for you.

This was my tasting note from 2/26/08:

I am basing this score on a very affordable cab that I love to pair with with this dinner: a 2 inch thick rib eye steak, roasted garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus with extra-virgin olive oil, roasted garlic and melted brown butter drizzled over top. I was buying it by the bottle for about 7 months til the 03 vintage was about to go away. I picked up the remaining 2 1/2 cases they had left at my wine store and even found an extra case in NY available that I had shipped to me. I just like to have it around when I serve that meal. It opens up with a bite of the steak...you can almost bite into the wine as well. It is a great wine to open a few bottles of and have a 3-4 hour dinner with friends, Rob.

Tasting note from 9/11/09:

DRY!!!! YES! I hand cut a inch-and-a-half prime U.S.D.A. prime rib and grilled it to perfection. This bone dry, big 'ol red wine went perfectly with it...oh yeah, I had the obligatory creamed spinach as a side. If you're looking for a $20 wine that drinks like a much higher priced wine, love cabs and steak...you should serve this up for yourself. Let it breathe at least 1/2 hour before serving.

winemaker's notes: Deep purple-ruby in color, this vintage of our benchmark Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon showcases the complex, minerally, black cherry-anise and dried herb aromas of Rutherford Cabernet. Medium full-bodied in texture, with generous black fruit flavors, hints of anise and dark cocoa, fine but rich tannins and medium acidity, this vintage will mature somewhat earlier than previous vintages, and represents a rich and distinctive mouthful of Cabernet! $29.99 WS 92



BV Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 2006 90 pt.

Tasting note from 3/25/10:

Lovely ruby color, berries and chocolate/cocoa in the nose and pallet. Nice finish and a medium body. After about 1-2 hours of decanting, Some of that "Rutherford dust", more chocolate and berry comes to the nose, the wine starts to soften and flavors move to the mid-to-back pallet. Let it breathe for 3 hours and it gets very soft. If you find the wine too young to start drinking, (this wine will benefit from at least another year in the cellar) decant it for 2-3 hours before serving. I paid $19.99 for the bottle.

I paired the wine with a 1 1/2 inch cut, choice rib eye steak cooked medium rare on the gas grill, red skin baked potatoes, quartered and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, kosher salt and white & black, freshly ground pepper. This wine is not big enough yet to pair with a rib eye's marbling. It should be fine with a strip steak and marvelous with sirloin steak. I will evaluate again mid-to-late summer and see how this 2006 Cab is coming along.

winemaker's notes: Our 2006 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon captures the true essence of Rutherford. "It is like walking through a blackberry bramble in the heat of summer," explains Winemaker Jeffrey Stambor. "There is an explosion of blackberry fruit, earthiness as you kick up some dust and a hint of dried leaf character." With opulent dark berry, black cherry, cocoa, anise, forest loam and mineral notes, the wine has well-integrated oak spices that heighten alongside fruity aromas for a long, lingering finish. WE 92, WA 90


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Rob with Anne and Robert in the reserve tasting room at BV.

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