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Sullivan Rutherford Estate Coeur de Vigne 2020

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14.80% /
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Vintage: 2020
  • MEL 94
  • WE 96
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The Sullivan Rutherford Estate Coeur de Vigne 2020 stands as a pinnacle of winemaking, a brilliant exemplar of the artistry and innovation that defines the Sullivan Rutherford Estate. Under the skilled guidance of winemaker Jeff Cole, this vintage has emerged as more than just a wine; it is a celebration of the harmony between tradition and modernity, a testament to the meticulous craft of vineyard and cellar.
At its core, the 2020 Coeur de Vigne is a masterful blend, led by a 68% Merlot composition. This is artfully complemented by 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, adding structure and depth, while 3% Cabernet Franc imparts a subtle complexity. The final touch, 2% Petit Verdot, contributes to a rich tapestry of flavors, completing this composition with elegance. This blend is a reflection of Sullivan Rutherford Estate’s commitment to excellence, marrying the best attributes of each varietal to create something truly extraordinary.
The wine’s visual allure is immediate, with a deep, inviting garnet hue that speaks to the richness of its contents. This Sullivan Coeur de Vigne offering beckons the connoisseur with promises of a sensory journey unlike any other. The color is a prelude to the experience, setting the stage for what is to come.
As one approaches the nose, the Sullivan Rutherford Estate Coeur de Vigne 2020 reveals its complexity. It opens with an elegant savory note, a gentle yet persuasive invitation to explore further. The aromas are layered, revealing subtle undertones of minerality—a tribute to the unique terroir of the Sullivan Rutherford Estate. This sensory exploration is reminiscent of Old-World wines, yet it carries a distinct New-World confidence and boldness.
Upon tasting, the Sullivan Coeur de Vigne unfolds with a finesse that is both remarkable and expected, given the estate’s reputation for excellence. The palate is greeted with fresh acidity, providing a backbone that nods to Old-World winemaking traditions. However, it is the New-World nuances that truly set this wine apart. The palate is pure, rich, and coating, creating a tasting journey that is both complex and immensely satisfying.
Central to the flavor profile are notes of dark chocolate and black cherry, each element standing out yet seamlessly integrated. The journey through these flavors is deep and resonant, with chewy tannins emerging as a textured embrace that lingers long on the palate. The Merlot’s presence is pronounced, showcasing its ability to bind the other varietals into a cohesive and harmonious whole.
The Sullivan Rutherford Estate Coeur de Vigne 2020 has rightfully earned its acclaim, a reflection of the exceptional quality and the artistic vision of winemaker Jeff Cole. Every sip is a testament to the estate’s dedication to detail and its pursuit of perfection. This wine is not merely consumed; it is experienced, revealing new layers and nuances with each taste.
The 2020 Coeur de Vigne, with its impeccable balance and intricate layering, is a beacon of how tradition can be interwoven with innovation. It’s more than a bottle of wine; it’s a narrative of time and terroir, inviting the enthusiast to savor the heart of the vine itself. Whether enjoyed in its current state of youthful exuberance or allowed to mature and unfold its complexities over the years, this vintage is destined to leave an indelible impression.
In conclusion, the Sullivan Rutherford Estate Coeur de Vigne 2020 is not just a testament to the winemaking art but a celebration of it. From vine to bottle, every aspect of its creation has been thoughtfully curated to deliver an experience that transcends the ordinary. For those who seek not just a wine but a journey through the senses, the Coeur de Vigne 2020 stands ready to oblige, promising a memorable adventure with every pour.

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26 reviews for Sullivan Rutherford Estate Coeur de Vigne 2020

  1. Barbara Sabb

    The Sullivan Coeur De Vigne is a must-try for all wine enthusiasts. The deep flavors of black currants, blueberries, and dark chocolate are a delight. A hint of oak and vanilla adds an interesting depth to it.

  2. Francisca Diven

    Tasted Sullivan Rutherford Estate Coeur De Vigne, it’s a premium wine that showcases the best of Rutherford winemaking. More chocolate and black fruits with a hint of oak, it’s an exceptional vintage.

  3. Theresa Cato

    The Sullivan Coeur De Vigne is a symphony of dark fruit notes with a hint of chocolate. The cherry and blackberry undertones are a delightful surprise. Love the earthy finish!

  4. Charles Painter

    The Sullivan Coeur De Vigne is a symphony of flavors. With notes of black currants, blueberries, and dark chocolate, it’s a deeply satisfying experience. Savory notes of dried herb add complexity.

  5. Gary Sexton

    Blackberry, chocolate, and oak are the dominant flavors in the Sullivan Coeur De Vigne. The hint of vanilla and cherry adds a sweet twist to this deep, flavorful wine.

  6. Hazel Reames

    The Sullivan Coeur De Vigne is a must-try for wine enthusiasts. The deep flavors of blackcurrant, blueberry, and espresso make it a vibrant rendition of a classic cabernet sauvignon. Exceptional vintage!

  7. Joan Eley

    I really enjoyed the Sullivan Coeur De Vigne. The dark fruit flavors paired with the earthy, leather undertones created a truly unique taste. The hint of tobacco added a smoky twist.

  8. Eddie Gonzalez

    The Sullivan Coeur De Vigne is divine. The flavors of black cherry and raspberry blend seamlessly with the dark chocolate and oak notes. It’s a full-bodied, deeply satisfying wine. A true taste of the Sullivan Rutherford Estate.

  9. Chester Davis

    The Sullivan Coeur De Vigne is an exceptional vintage, bursting with flavors of black fruit, raspberry, and a hint of leather. The vanilla and oak add a unique depth to it, making it a premium wine that showcases the best of Rutherford winemaking.

  10. Alice Berry

    Coeur De Vigne, crafted at the Sullivan Rutherford Estate, boasts a deep flavor. Black currants, blueberries, and dark chocolate are woven together beautifully. The chocolate and black fruit notes are divine.

  11. Nathan Ditto

    Sullivan’s Coeur De Vigne is a true gem. The deep flavors of blackberry and dark fruits with a hint of smoke make it an exquisite choice. The finish of oak and vanilla is simply delightful.

  12. Henry Walker

    The Sullivan Rutherford Estate Coeur De Vigne is simply outstanding. The blend of blackcurrant, cedar, and a touch of raspberry creates a rich, earthy flavor. It’s a winemaker Jeff Cole masterpiece.

  13. Robert Williams

    Sullivan Coeur De Vigne is a wonderful blend of black cherry, vanilla, and leather. The hint of dark fruit and tobacco gives it a smoky, earthy flavor that’s truly unique.

  14. Darryl Fong

    The Sullivan Coeur De Vigne is a must-try for wine enthusiasts. The flavors of black currants, blueberries, and dark chocolate are deeply woven with a hint of smoke and cedar. A truly luxurious experience!

  15. Felipe Harris

    The Sullivan Coeur De Vigne is a delightful blend of black currants, blueberries, and dark chocolate. The hint of oak and vanilla adds a unique depth to it. Truly a Sullivan Rutherford Estate masterpiece!

  16. Cynthia Williams

    Sullivan Coeur De Vigne is a premium wine that showcases the best of Rutherford winemaking. It’s full of deep notes like black cherry, leather, and a hint of espresso. An exceptional vintage!

  17. Katherine Brown

    The Sullivan Coeur De Vigne is rich in flavor. The dark chocolate notes blend well with the black fruit and a hint of graphite, creating a unique taste. A true Malbec Argentino!

  18. Kenneth Crooks

    Coeur De Vigne is a wonderful wine, full of black raspberry and smoke notes. The undertones of cedar and plum add a subtle richness to it. Definitely a win for the Sullivan Rutherford Estate.

  19. Robert Wilhelmsen

    Sullivan Rutherford Estate’s Coeur De Vigne is a premium wine with a rich blend of black fruit, chocolate, and cedar. The deep flavor of blueberries and black currants is truly satisfying.

  20. Rebecca Hunter

    The Sullivan Coeur De Vigne is a harmonious blend of dark fruit, chocolate, and black currants. The vanilla and leather undertones give it a unique twist. A true Sullivan Rutherford Estate masterpiece!

  21. Cathy Greenleaf

    The Sullivan Coeur De Vigne is a vibrant rendition of a classic cabernet sauvignon. The dark chocolate and black currant notes lead to a deep, tightly held and deep flavor. A hint of mint and cassis aroma adds a fresh twist!

  22. Hazel Davis

    The Sullivan Coeur De Vigne offers a tantalizing dance of blackberry and chocolate notes. It’s a vibrant rendition of classic cabernet sauvignon, a must-try for wine enthusiasts!

  23. John Mosley

    Sullivan Rutherford Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a wonder. Deep flavor, blackcurrant, and cedar notes make for a truly immersive wine tasting experience. The hint of espresso gives it a unique twist.

  24. Erma Schneider

    Winemaker Jeff Cole’s Sullivan Coeur De Vigne is a revelation. The dark fruit notes are woven with firm cassis and vanilla, creating an earthy, rich taste profile. Truly a Malbec Argentino delight!

  25. Richard Jackson

    Sullivan Rutherford Estate’s Coeur De Vigne presents a delightful mix of dark chocolate, oak, and black cherry notes. The earthy undertones and a hint of espresso make it a rich and luxurious choice.

  26. James Vanos

    The Sullivan Coeur De Vigne is a vibrant rendition of classic cabernet sauvignon. Notes of blackberry, oak, and cassis with a hint of vanilla make it a must-try for wine enthusiasts.

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What does Coeur de Vigne mean?

The concept that Sullivan's estate is located within an ancient boundary served as the inspiration for their Coeur de Vigne, which translates to 'heart of the vine' in French. This name reflects Sullivan's belief that their property resides at the very heart of Napa Valley.

Who owns Sullivan Rutherford estate?

In 2018, under the leadership of Juan Pablo Torres Padilla, a family partnership acquired Sullivan Rutherford Estate. They discreetly brought together an elite team of renowned professionals from the wine industry, including General Manager Joshua Lowell, Estate Director Lisa Barker, and Vineyard Manager Mike Wolf.

Critical Acclaim

MEL 94

Mel's Notes

Color:

Deep, inviting garnet.

Nose:

An intricate dance of aromas, highlighted by elegant savory notes, with subtle undertones of minerality. A complexity that marries Old-World charm with New World allure.

Palate:

  • Flavor Profile: Dominated by dark chocolate and black cherry, it unfolds a symphony of depth. Hints of cedar, Bing cherry, cocoa powder, and baking spices add layers to its rich profile.
  • Body of the Wine: Full-bodied, reflecting the pure, rich, and coating characteristics typical of a Merlot-led blend.
  • Tannin Structure: Chewy and textured, offering an elegant lingering presence. Velvety tannins are well-integrated, supporting the wine's sturdy structure.
  • Sweetness Levels: Dry, with the natural fruitiness providing a perception of sweetness.
  • Acidity Levels: Fresh and well-balanced, contributing to the wine's structural backbone and longevity.

Food Pairings:

Its complex profile makes it an ideal companion for rich meats like lamb or beef, while its savory and chocolate notes can complement dishes with earthy ingredients like mushrooms or truffles.

WE 96

Wine Enthusiast

Very deep in flavor and sturdy in structure, this wine is one for the cellar. Black currants, blueberries and dark chocolate are woven with firm tannins that will carry it a long way into the future.

What does Sullivan Rutherford Estate Coeur de Vigne 2020 taste like?


Light
Bold
Smooth
Tannic
Dry
Sweet
Soft
Acidic
Earthy Flavors of the wine

leather, earthy, mushroom

Red Fruit flavors of the wine

cherry, raspberry, red fruit

Oaky Flavors of the wine

oak, tobacco, vanilla

apple

Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

blackberry, plum, dark fruit

Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

pepper, licorice, cinnamon

Citrus notes found in the wine

orange

cheese, cream

Vegetal notes found in the wine

asparagus, bell pepper

raisin, prune

passion fruit, bubblegum

Floral aromas found in the wine

lavender

Food Pairing with Sullivan Rutherford Estate Coeur de Vigne 2020

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Located in the heart of California's esteemed Napa Valley, the Sullivan Rutherford Estate is a shining example of premium winemaking. Established in 1972 by visionary O'Neil Sullivan, this boutique winery has a rich history rooted in Napa Valley's division in 1821, when two land parcels, Rancho Caymus and Rancho Carne Humana, were granted. Sullivan's property, emerging from this historic division, represents a legacy stretching over two centuries. The genesis of Sullivan Rutherford Estate traces back to Jim Sullivan's home winemaking venture, initiated with a grape arbor wedding gift in the 1950s. His passion led him to Rutherford, where he established the Sullivan Estate. Jim Sullivan's pioneering spirit predates the famous 1976 Judgement of Paris, which elevated Napa Valley wines to...check our brand Sullivan Rutherford Estate
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Winemaker of Sullivan Rutherford Estate Coeur de Vigne 2020

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Jeff Cole

Nestled in the heart of Napa Valley, Jeff Cole, the accomplished winemaker at Sullivan Rutherford Estate, is a driving force behind the creation of exceptional wines that embody the spirit of the region. Since joining the estate in 2013, Cole's journey has been a testament to his passion, expertise, and commitment to excellence. With a foundation built on experience and an intimate understanding of the estate, Cole's story at Sullivan Rutherford Estate is one of continuous growth and dedication. His early years at the winery saw him working closely with renowned vineyards across Napa Valley, interacting with luminaries like Scott McLeod, a consulting winemaker with a prestigious background. Recognizing Cole's talent, McLeod offered him the role of Assistant Winemaker, a pivotal... More Products
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Nestled in the heart of Napa Valley, the Rutherford American Viticultural Area (AVA) has long been hailed as one of the world's premier wine regions. Renowned for its exceptional terroir and ideal grape-growing conditions, Rutherford AVA is a place where extraordinary wines are born. From its distinct microclimate to its unique soil composition, this region cultivates grapes that produce wines of exceptional quality and distinction.

Rutherford AVA is celebrated for its signature grape, Cabernet Sauvignon. The region's gravelly and well-drained soils, coupled with warm days and cool nights, provide the perfect environment for these grapes to flourish. The resulting wines are marked by their exquisite balance, complexity, and... ...Check Region for more information

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