Rutherford Hill Merlot Reserve 2009
Everything that Merlot can and should be; dense blackberries and cherries, rich, silky, spicy, and supple from start to lingering finish. The dense core of fruit will radiate concentrated fruit flavors for more than a decade, yet the supple tannins and balance make it unlikely youGll be able to keep from drinking it before then. This wine is so delicious that the best description is, GWow!G
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
A little lite, but very balanced. For 20 bucks, a good find
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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
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.
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
Here's a wine you're not going to want to miss. This Barrel Select Bordeaux style blend from Napa Valley legend Rutherford Hill, has been slow-aging in the their underground caves. So right now this 5 year old is soft as silk and seductively complex. A blend of the varietals that Rutherford Hill is famous for, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, all from their prime Napa Valley vineyards. The wine was blended and then aged 21 months in 100% French oak barrels. The pedigree alone should put this in the super premium price category but lucky for all of us, it's a healthy cut below that and an amazing value.
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.
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