03 Provenance Rutherford Cabernet ($45) ☺☺☺☺

The year started well with this great vintage wine. The grapes come from the George III vineyards owned by the Beckstoffer family and date back to the 1800's. The wine is probably at its peak now but has benefitted from being cellared. The nose if of deep blackcurrants and hints of raspberry. When you drink it there is a wonderful vanilla and spice underlay while still laden with that rich dark fruit. The tannins have almost disappeared and the wine is plush and  like an easy chair ! A thoroughly good start to the year. 

© John Holmes 2014