As our name suggests, the pedigree of Provenance wines is of utmost importance. We go straight to the source for the highest quality fruit in the Napa Valley, forging enduring relationships with the region’s top wine grape producers. Our winemakers are purists, relying on the finest winemaking traditions to extract elegant, powerful wines that express their premium vineyard origins rather than the winemakers’ interventions.
With its deep ruby hue and pronounced nose of classic Cabernet characteristics, the 2015 Benchland Reserve Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon delights the senses right out of the glass. Aromas of cassis, blackberry and cocoa are laced with elements of graphite and forest floor. Hints of brown spice and umami develop with time in the glass. On the palate, bright and ripe flavors of cassis, black plums, blackberry, and black cherry leave a lasting impression. Notes of cocoa mirror the nose, but with undertones of cigar box, cedar and warm vanilla. The smooth, mellow tannins and balanced acidity carry the ripe fruits onto a long finish.
Although in 2015 we received three-quarters of our normal rainfall, the cumulative effect of four years of drought in Napa Valley resulted in a light crop. However, the vintage made up in grape quality what it lacked in quantity. The small crop and dry, warm conditions promoted an early, condensed harvest that kept us hopping. At Provenance, we began picking in mid-August and wrapped up the crush by mid-October. We were rewarded by balanced wines with highly concentrated flavors.
The Provenance Regional Exclusive wines demonstrate the unique appellation of Napa Valley, each recognized for their distinctive terroir. This Cabernet Sauvignon is grown in the historic Rutherford application and crated to showcase our ideal benchland vineyard sourcing, known for their well-draining soils and deep root systems.
Trevor grew up in nearby Sonoma County, one of the wine hubs of Northern California. Wine was a staple at his family dinner table, and he enrolled in the Viticulture and Enology program at the University of California, Davis. After an internship at Sonoma-Cutrer in 2003 and two consecutive harvest internships making sparkling wine at Gloria Ferrer, Trevor joined Moon Mountain Vineyard, a small, well-regarded organic vineyard in Sonoma, shortly after his graduation from UC Davis. In March of 2010, Trevor joined the winemaking team at Hewitt Vineyard and Provenance Vineyards and was appointed senior winemaker in 2015.
"From a winemaking standpoint, we have access to some of the best fruit in Napa Valley, not just from our estate in Rutherford, but also from Carneros in the south all the way up to Calistoga in the north. Our job is to make sure that each wine is balanced, complex, exciting and representative of its terroir."