Wow has this winery come circle in just a few short years. Founded in 1972, Sullivan Rutherford Estate came under new ownership in early 2018. Under the new leadership, Sullivan has brought together a strong team, including general manager Joshua Lowell (who was previously at Futo and Aubert), winemaker Jeff Cole, and renowned vineyard manager Mike Wolf. Together, they have initiated a series of consistent milestones to further elevate a five-decade foundation in the pursuit of making outstanding Cabernet from this Rutherford estate. The 2019 Coeur de Vigne represents a vibrant rendition of a classic Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon. Made up of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, the nose offers rich aromas of blackberry and blueberry that meld with hints of graphite, lavender, and thyme. This wine is full-bodied on the palate with mouthcoating tannins, while also maintaining bright acidity. Flavors of tart fruit and cocoa dusted coffee beans flirt with baking spices. The long finish highlights undertones of toasted new oak, suggesting the wine will develop incredibly well over time.