A rare budget Cab from this exclusive AVA in Napa Valley, the Rutherford Lane Cabernet Sauvignon from Trader Joe’s.
The Rutherford Lane Cabernet Sauvignon is available exclusively at Trader Joe’s for $19.99.
Rutherford is one of the smallest appellations in the Napa Valley, and home to perhaps the most expensive soils. This famed slice of land is the source of many limited production, widely sought after wines, and we take great pride in bringing you the best it has to offer.
Cabernet from the highly exclusive Rutherford AVA in Napa Valley is not cheap. In fact, the wine-searcher June 2020 average price for Rutherford Cab is over $100 a bottle! And while we agree that this is a special spot for Cab, we certainly don’t agree with these kind of prices. As such, we’re always interested when one falls under our normal $20 limit.
The 2017 Rutherford Lane Cabernet Sauvignon begins with quite a pleasing aroma of plum, blackberry, spice, leather and licorice and it develops even more secondary aromas as it has some time to breathe.
The wine tastes of juicy dark berry fruit with wonderful well-integrated spice and vanilla notes. Smooth with slightly chewy tannins this is just a really delicious Cabernet.
It ends dry, a bit grippy and long and yes it even has a bit of that famous Rutherford dust on the finish. This one is ready to drink now so I probably wouldn’t age it too long.