The Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon was the first appellation wine to be introduced in our Cabernet series of very small bottlings dedicated to the benchland sub-appellations of Napa Valley.
"Lots of sweet berries with hints of jam and flowers on the nose, following through to a full body with round, soft tannins and a juicy finish. Hints of smoked wood at the end. Drink or hold.” - James Suckling
“The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon (Rutherford), from Morisoli, stands out for its distinctive floral, savory profile. Lavender, mint, sage and opulent dark blue/purplish fruit all open in the glass. Readers will find tons of Rutherford character. This is one of the most forward wines in the range.” - Antonio Galloni, March 2021
Overall, 2017 proved to be a slightly smaller yielding vintage but one of exceptional quality. A brief period of warm weather occurred during Labor Day weekend which accelerated the harvest in some areas. Temperatures subsided just when we needed and the fruit was allowed to mature and ripen perfectly on the vines before harvest officially began. Overall, a quick and intense harvest, with althea fruit picked within two to three weeks, but the quality of the vintage shows great flavor intensity, perfect ripening and maturity, lovely balance and complexity.
For more than a decade Jon has fashioned Etude wines with a simple creed. Inspired winegrowing diminishes the need for a winemaker to intervene in the cellar. Whether sourcing from the estate Grace Benoist Ranch in Sonoma's Los Carneros, or vineyards like Fiddlestix and North Canyon in famed growing regions of California's Central Coast, his focus is on coaxing the very best from the vineyard. It shows in every glass of Etude.