2010 Lander-Jenkins Cabernet Sauvignon – Review

By Duane Pemberton
Winery Website: http://www.rutherfordwine.com/lander-jenkins-vineyards/

Lander-Jenkins is a project from the Rutherford Wine Company and does a good job for its price in representing the region in a bottle. It’s not a “barn burner” but represents a pretty solid value for the money.

Technical Data: 

  • Blend: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot 3% Cabernet Franc
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • TA: .60
  • pH: 3.73
  • Price: $15

Nose: A tidal wave of cherry bombards the nose and is quickly followed by notes of plum. peppercorn, caramel, coffee and a touch of wet cedar.
Taste: The cherries in this wine are absolutely crushing-it – they play themselves very well into a symphony of cigar, dark chocolate, cedar and plum sauce. Good mid palate where the vanilla notes and toasted oak up things up – a very fruit-forward wine and one I know will sell very well for the money. However, I do wish it had a bit more acidity and tannin to help carry the fruit all the way through the finish.


W.E.P. Rating: 90%