Sullivan Vineyards Single Vineyard Series 'Isabel's Vineyard' Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
By Jonathan H. Newman*
Sullivan Rutherford Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Single Vineyard Series: Isabel’s Vineyard, Napa, Rutherford 2013
UNIT SIZE: 750.00 ml
VARIETAL: Cabernet Sauvignon
GRAPE: Cabernet Sauvignon
COUNTRY: United States
REGION: Napa Valley
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 14.80%
An exceptional single vineyard 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa’s Rutherford Appellation. In fact, this delicious Cab from the stunning 2013 vintage is grown immediately next to the Beckstoffer Vineyard, universally recognized as one of the top handful of Cab vineyards in Napa Valley. This wine is lush and expressive but will certainly benefit from some cellar aging and will continue to gain complexity over the next several years. An inky purple hue. A tantalizing taste profile of lush and provocative intricately layered fruit including cherry, crème de cassis, black raspberry, chocolate, violets, coffee, red currants, cinnamon and vanilla oak. Plump with smooth tannins and a pleasing finish. This wine spent 16 months in French oak barrels, 60% of which were new. Best enjoyed 2016 to 2022. I have been visiting Napa for the past 16 years, and for both locals and tourists Bistro Don Giovanni has continuously been a popular Cal-Ital that captures the essence of Napa Valley cuisine. Pair this with their specialties including thinly sliced Carpaccio with capers, Rigatoni con Palpate, Pappardelle with lamb shoulder, Pollo alla Diavolo and even chocolate truffle cake with Amarena cherries.
By Sullivan Vineyards
2013 Napa Valley Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon Single Vineyard Series 'Isabel’s Vineyard'
Varietal: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Aging: 60% New French Oak Aged 16 months
One swirl releases a burst of ripe red cherry and vanilla spice that gives way to beautiful floral and currant undertones, beckoning you to take that first sip. Full of depth and character, this fruitful, juicy beauty will swirl sweet cherry and raspberry tones throughout the palate. A hint of cinnamon spice on the will bring the fruit together in harmonious union. Focused and steadfast, this wine is ready to drink now, or cellar for 3-5 years.
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*Jonathan Newman was Wine Enthusiasts’ Man of the Year. He also was Chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, and received national recognition in Marvin Shanken’s Market Watch Magazine and many other international wine publications. He was also awarded the Guild of Sommeliers highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Newman's reviews have been published and quoted extensively online and in print. He travels extensively to many of the major wine growing regions and evaluates many of the wines we source from smaller and boutique wineries. We interact closely with him and the result is his rejection rate of over 96% of the wines evaluated.