2016 Hewitt Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Tastes Like: Crushed Berries, Blueberry, Dark Chocolate, Spice
Hewitt Vineyard was first planted in 1880 in the heart of Rutherford, home to some of Napa Valley’s finest Cabernets. The estate neighbors Quintessa, Grgich Hills, Nickel & Nickel, and Cakebread, just to name a few, and until 2001 their grapes were sold off to Rutherford’s world-renowned wineries. Today Hewitt’s single vineyard Cabernet is a darling of the critics, earning phenomenal ratings vintage after vintage and a spot as the #4 selection on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 of 2013.
In 1962 owner William Hewitt enlisted the help of André Tchelistcheff – the most influential winemaker in Napa’s history – to help replant the estate’s vineyards. As Tchelistcheff knew, this part of the famed Rutherford Bench was practically made for Cabernet. The well-drained, gravel-rich alluvial soils here produce full-bodied, concentrated, ripe wines with supple tannins – in short, everything you could want from a Napa Cab.
“I love the character of crushed berries, dried dirt and sliced raw meat. Decadent. Full body. Round and creamy tannins in texture. So polished and beautiful. It goes on for minutes. 96% cabernet sauvignon with petit Verdot. Give this two or three years to come together. Better after 2021.”
– 97 Points, James Suckling