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.
- 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.