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The Estate was founded in 1972 by James ("Jim") O’Neil Sullivan, a visionary and pioneer of Rutherford, a premier Napa Valley appellation for Cabernet Sauvignon. Jim's passion for creating great wine predated the 1976 Judgement of Paris which famously recognized Napa Valley wines as among the best in the world. These are the wines that make Napa special and one of the most well-acclaimed regions in the world!
Today, Rutherford is home to some of Napa Valley’s most widely recognized names like BV, Cakebread, Caymus, and Staglin to name a few. The Sullivan Estate lies on the east side of Rutherford (right behind Alpha Omega) and spans over 26 acres, mostly dedicated to vines and lush gardens. The vineyard is planted to Bordeaux varietals like Cabernet, Petite Verdot, and Merlot.
Boutique wineries in Napa have developed a cult following, but you don't hear about it all that much unless you're "in the know." These wines rarely make it to the market because they're often sold exclusively to wine club members at the cellar door. Thankfully, we were able to get our hands on a small allocation of this wine to make available just for you. This is your opportunity to discover the enchantment of a boutique Napa winery!
Aging: 19 Months in 60% New French Oak
Tasting Notes: 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and 2% Petit Verdot.The savory elements of dried herbs and dark chocolate have become synonymous with the Coeur de Vigne, defining the unique style and sense of place that is Sullivan Rutherford Estate. The mild growing season of 2018 yielded wines that not only display the traditional minerality and earthiness, but also a fruitful component that is unique to the vintage. Blue and black fruits, such as plum, brambleberry, and blueberry highlight the fruitful essence that adds to the darker aspects of baking spice, black olive, and forest floor. The 2018 Coeur de Vigne is a wine for many occasions, but ultimately it is delicious and meant to be enjoyed now through the next 10 years.
Deeply colored, smooth, rich, with plum, blackberry, lush style, with hints of vanilla. ~95 Anthony Dias Blue
Aromas of ripe berries, vanilla, licorice, and pine needles. Some blue flowers and chocolate, too. Full-bodied, rich, and intense palate with plush tannins and succulent berries, and spiced oak. Long, firm finish. Best After 2024 ~93 James Suckling
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