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Rutherford Hill Cab 2002

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Garnet Red. Boysenberry, vanilla, cayenne, cedar. Smooth, refined tannins with flavors of blackberries and spicy notes of pepper.

Region: USA » California » Napa » Rutherford

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Color: Red
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
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Rutherford Hill Winery:
Founded in 1972, Rutherford Hill Winery is a pioneer in the development of California Merlot. The grape growers who founded Rutherford Hill carefully studied the geography of the region and capitalized on climate and soil conditions that resembled those of Pomerol, the small but distinctive Merlot-growing region of Bordeaux. And what a promising discovery that was - one that has borne plenty of... Read more
Founded in 1972, Rutherford Hill Winery is a pioneer in the development of California Merlot. The grape growers who founded Rutherford Hill carefully studied the geography of the region and capitalized on climate and soil conditions that resembled those of Pomerol, the small but distinctive Merlot-growing region of Bordeaux. And what a promising discovery that was - one that has borne plenty of fruit - specifically, the lush, purple-black grapes that have contributed so much to Rutherford Hill's success. Today, Merlot remains the flagship wine of the company with 75 percent of Rutherford Hill's production dedicated to this varietal, one of the leading Merlots of Napa Valley. When the Terlato family of the Terlato Wine Group (TWG), Lake Bluff, Illinois, purchased the winery in 1996, they immediately began to apply their guiding principle: Quality is a way of life. The pursuit of excellence began with a comprehensive review of all aspects of the facility that resulted in significant enhancements. TWG Chairman Anthony Terlato works with Rutherford Hill winemakers to tackle the challenges of consistently improving the wine, vintage after vintage. The philosophy that the Terlatos apply to all their ventures was evident at Rutherford Hill from the start. Their first step was to reduce production by 14,000 cases. This eliminated inferior lots from the final blend, and met the demanding new quality standard they had set. Building on Tradition Another way of putting quality first was to create an environment in which reserve wines could be given the time, care and consideration they needed within the Rutherford Hill portfolio. A new state-of-the art facility for the production of reserve wines - a "winery within a winery" - began taking shape in spring of 2000 and was functional in time for that year's harvest. Costing more than $4 million, the 5,100-square foot winery addition has 24 fermentation tanks ranging from 1,500 to 6,000 gallons. It is self-contained, complete with its own crusher/de-stemmer, press, refrigeration capabilities (tanks are jacketed for both warming and cooling glycol) and harvest crew. Rutherford Hill was an innovator in Napa Valley in the building of caves and employment of a pallet-stacking system within those caves. Year-round, 8,000 wine-filled French and American oak barrels age in an ideal wine-storage environment of 59ºF/90 percent humidity. The result is a substantial reduction in wine evaporation, creating wines with lower concentrations of alcohol. The improvements in the caves that began in 1999 illustrate the big-picture view that embodies the Terlato family's commitment to quality. Year-round, 8,000 French and American oak barrels age wine in an ideal, consistent storage environment of 59ºF, and up to 90 percent humidity. Read less

Member Reviews for Rutherford Hill Cab

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Snooth User: theralphs4
4126897
4.50 5
05/22/2008

really enjoy this cabernet- earthy but smooth and drinkable


Snooth User: 2NJWINOS
4470420
5.00 5
03/01/2008

Love this wine! It's earthy, actually dusty, you can taste the "Rutherford Dust" in every glass. It's also dark, plummy, smoky.


Snooth User: Risasdad
1795757
4.50 5
05/12/2009

Outstanding... well balanced. The nose is intoxicating and matches the taste. The tannins are balanced and don't over power the overall essence of this wine as many cabs do. I used to be a tannin (wine) and hop ( beer) head. Now I enjoy the balance and not the extreme. I love this wine.


Snooth User: erickafilm
153803952
4.00 5
12/17/2014

Four glasses


External Reviews for Rutherford Hill Cab

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Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

The Wine News ReviewRated 90Nuanced aromas of black currant, mocha and touches of herbs and cedar. Chalky flavors of brambly blueberry, minerals and mocha. Plush Finish.Wine Tasting NotesA bright, concentrated blackberry and cassis fruit core enveloped in aromas and flavors of dark chocolate, vanilla, French roast coffee, clove, bacon, and cedar. This wine fills the palate with both flavor and texture. The fruit flavor lingers after you swallow, and slowly melts into the elegant layers of flavor provided by the finest French oak barrels. The abundant, mature tannins are rich, yet also balanced with fruit, making this wine enjoyable now, but ensuring this vintage will drink well for over a decade. I am awed at this wines ability to so clearly capture the essence of Napa Valley Cabernet. Enjoy!


External Review
07/05/2010

A firm, tight, chunky and concentrated wine that's full of ripe plum, currant and blackberry fruit, with cedary oak flavors that are well-focused and persistent, ending with dry, clipped tannins. Drink now through 2009. 10,688 cases made.



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Garnet Red. Boysenberry, vanilla, cayenne, cedar. Smooth, refined tannins with flavors of blackberries and spicy notes of pepper.

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