Lot 606 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

Lot 606
2014 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

This is it - our biggest release of the year. In the footsteps of Lots 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 555, and 600, Lot 606 is a superstar from one of the most famous names in Napa Valley history.
$29
  • San Francisco Chronicle Gold Winner
No expense spared, Icon-level winemaking. Aged in 50% new French oak, this opaque black wine is textbook, classic Rutherford Cabernet. Sumptuous and suave on the nose, it features a gorgeous mélange of blackberry, cherry, cassis, dark chocolate and mint underpinned with graphite and mineral wrapped in lavender florals. The palate is juicy and succulent, with red and black fruit and a finely knit but resounding kirsch/mocha punch. The tremendous energy and tension that makes the 2014 vintage so exciting is present in spades. Lot 606 is now showing quite well, but would love a nice decant to stretch its legs. Of course, everything’s here and in the right proportions for another 15-20 years of graceful aging.

Style: Full, Smooth

Flavors: Blackberry, Cassis

Cam Confidential

Our “Centennial” Lots anchor our big Cabernet releases each fall, and are selected using one criteria above all others – delivering super high end wine to you at an incredible price. There are always a handful of fine candidates, but in the end, there could only be one. In the footsteps of Lots 200, 300, 400, 500, 555, and 600, Lot 606 is a spectacular heir to its predecessors.

Along with the alluvials of Oakville, the west side benchlands of Rutherford remain one of the most hallowed sites to devotees of Napa Valley Cabernet. Lot 606 hails from one of the most iconic vineyards and legendary names in Rutherford; this is the dirt that put Napa Valley on the map, and made the phrase “Rutherford Dust” a household phrase among wine lovers.

This wine is the definition of the vintage: open knit, complex, lively and energetic. It doesn’t get much sexier than this, and you just don’t find Cabernet of this character at this price. It was presented to me by the winery as sourced from their $200/bottle Cabernet program; having done a bit more inquiry, I'm convinced this is a blend from their $200+ and $100+ bottlings, but once you go into the triple digits, who's splitting hairs? Any way you slice it, this is exceptional value in Napa Cabernet.

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