Rutherford Hill Merlot 2012

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Well-balanced aromas of freshly sawn wood, vanilla, crushed berries and juniper give this a woodsy nose. This has the rich attack and ultra smooth... Read more

Medium dark ruby color; focused berry, blackberry nose; ripe berry, blackberry, baked berry palate; needs 1-2 years; medium-plus finish. (90% Merlo... Read more

A little lite, but very balanced. For 20 bucks, a good find Read more

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Editorial Reviews for Rutherford Hill Merlot

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065204,812
3.50 5
Vintage: 2005 12/14/2009

Well-balanced aromas of freshly sawn wood, vanilla, crushed berries and juniper give this a woodsy nose. This has the rich attack and ultra smooth feel that many people look for in Merlot. The wood is well integrated on the palate adding only chocolate and mocha notes to the rich black plum fruit. There’s a bit of spice on the back end and into the finish, which is on the shorter side. Fruity and easy drinking 88pts


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Snooth User: Richard Jennings
780161112,777
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 04/11/2013

Medium dark ruby color; focused berry, blackberry nose; ripe berry, blackberry, baked berry palate; needs 1-2 years; medium-plus finish. (90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon; 18 mos. in French oak; 14.1% alcohol) 92 points


Snooth User: dgriff
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2.50 5
Vintage: 2009 11/27/2013

A little lite, but very balanced. For 20 bucks, a good find


Snooth User: Richard Jennings
780161112,777
3.50 5
Vintage: 2008 04/11/2013

Medium dark ruby color; baked black fruit, French oak, vanilla nose; baked black fruit, ripe berry palate with integrating oak; medium-plus finish. (80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec; 18 mos. in French oak; 14.4% alcohol) 91 points


Snooth User: Dr Jen
119021525
3.50 5
Vintage: 2008 02/19/2013

An earthy, lighter-than-expected, well-balanced red wine from Napa. Nice dry finish, probably good with food although (at the moment) we are enjoying it on its own. Not your typical Napa red.


Snooth User: tabednar
949302,449
3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 07/07/2009

One of the signature grape varieties from Rutherford Hill and it shows. Dark violet color. Aromas of berries, both red and black. Medium bodies with strong tastes of blackberries, cherries, and chocolate with additional hints of vanilla, mocha, cinnamon, and tobacco. Very dry and tannic with a silky smooth finish. Very well blended and would go great with red meat of any kind.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 12/11/2009

Rich and fruity nose of strawberry, violets and candied fruits. Warm fruits flavors in the mouth, even a little toffee. This is a very fruity wine, almost chewy on the finish with hints of licorice. Nice.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
5.00 5
Vintage: 2005 12/27/2009

Beautiful cherry and leather flavors. Soft vanilla notes. Eucalyptus and mineral flavors in the mouth. Finishes on cherry and blackberry. Beautiful


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External Reviews for Rutherford Hill Merlot

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Source: eVintner Wines and Spirits
Vintage: 2009 02/08/2013

Rutherford Hills Merlot is an elegant, refined blend of classic Bordeaux varietals that create its rich aroma and flavor. An abundance of cherry and plum fruit flavors are backed by a rich, balanced structure for an intensely complex Merlot. Silky, full-flavored, firm, and built for todays enjoyment with smooth tannins and lush layers of flavor. Rutherford Hill Website


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2009 11/01/2013

Color: GarnetAroma: Intense aromas of raspberry and plum with a hint of dried cherries.Taste: Exceptional mouthfeel, with concentrated flavors of red fruit. Plush tannins confer the wine a rich finish; with a hint of cocoa, caramel, and dry currants. - Winery


External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
Vintage: 2009 10/24/2013

Flavors of dark cherries and chocolate abound in this soft and fleshy, balanced Merlot. The finish is silky and lingering with a hint of vanilla, cinnamon and tobacco.


External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
Vintage: 2009 10/16/2009

Aromas of ripe red currant, earth, leather and exotic spices converge on the palate, where they turn austere. Yet there's enough ripe fruit to hold your interest. Drink now through 2010. 150 cases made.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 02/21/2013

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 59 F/90 percent humidity.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 11/03/2011

Rutherford Hill s Merlot is an elegant, refined blend of classic Bordeaux varietals that create its rich aroma and flavor. Silky, full-flavored, firm, and built for today s enjoyment with smooth tannins and lush layers of flavor


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2007 01/03/2013

A fine Merlot from a winery with a very long track record of success with this difficult variety. The wine is rich and almost sweet in blackberries and cherries, yet it finishes dry, in a flourish of smooth tannins. Drink now. - S.H. Offers good focus and structure, with black cherry and toasty oak aromas leading to plum, dried herb and spice notes. Drink now through 2015. 34,929 cases made. -TF Color: GarnetAroma: Cherry, strawberry, cloveFlavor: Smooth, round tannins and flavors of cherries leading to a mocha finish Wine drinkers gravitate to Merlot for its accessibility, generous fruit flavors and curvaceous texture. Capturing and presenting Merlots style and charm has been our primary mission since our founding. Experience matters. Rutherford Hill 2007 Merlot benefits from 3 decades of Napa Valley history with this classic wine. It is an elegant and refined interpretation of the classic Bordeaux varietal. Estate vineyards that we purchased and developed in the 90s...


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Ratings & Tags for Rutherford Hill Merlot

1190215 Snooth User: Dr Jen
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3.50 5
2008 02/19/2013

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4.50 5
2007 05/12/2013

97638 Snooth User: jja347
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4.00 5
2006 11/20/2010

682870 Snooth User: basalix
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4.00 5
2005 12/31/2010

759162 Snooth User: HiCee
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4.00 5
2005 02/09/2011

726481 Snooth User: angtang
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4.00 5
2005 02/11/2011

721895 Snooth User: Redman67
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3.00 5
2004 01/13/2011

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Winemaker's Notes:

Merlot Lovers Duo The magic of Rutherford Hill Merlot is captured in this classic duo featuring the 2003 and 2004 vintages. This gift set is sure to please the Merlot lover on your holiday list. 2003 Merlot Notes: Dark cherries, rich chocolate and a hint of oaky sweetness abound in this merlot. For anyone who doesnt know this grape, a glass could be a mind-altering event. A stellar example of why Rutherford Hill is King of the Merlot world. Sufficient easy charms to work on its own as an aperitif; enough going on to complement a long list of edibles.. 2004 Merlot Notes: A stellar example of why Rutherford Hill is king of the Merlot world, the 2004 vintage is rich with aromas of berries and cocoa. Flavors of dark cherries and chocolate abound in this soft and fleshy, balanced Merlot. The finish is silky and lingering with a hint of vanilla, cinnamon and tobacco. Deliciou alone, as an aperitif, as well as when paired with hearty foods like roasts, lamb and steak.

Merlot Lovers Duo The magic of Rutherford Hill Merlot is captured in this classic duo featuring the 2003 and 2004 vintages. This gift set is sure to please the Merlot lover on your holiday list. 2003 Merlot Notes: Dark cherries, rich chocolate and a hint of oaky sweetness abound in this merlot. For anyone who doesnt know this grape, a glass could be a mind-altering event. A stellar example of why Rutherford Hill is King of the Merlot world. Sufficient easy charms to work on its own as an aperitif; enough going on to complement a long list of edibles.. 2004 Merlot Notes: A stellar example of why Rutherford Hill is king of the Merlot world, the 2004 vintage is rich with aromas of berries and cocoa. Flavors of dark cherries and chocolate abound in this soft and fleshy, balanced Merlot. The finish is silky and lingering with a hint of vanilla, cinnamon and tobacco. Deliciou alone, as an aperitif, as well as when paired with hearty foods like roasts, lamb and steak.

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