Rutherford Hill Napa California Merlot 2006
A very solid, pleasant, fruit-forward cab, with vanilla notes and a nice but not overpowering oak finish. Actually very good at the price.
Delicious Zin. FUll bodied, great fruit throughout and a nice and balanced tannic and spice in the end. aged 18 months in oak from Dry Creek Valley. One of the best Zinfandels available.
Cherry and black fruit on the nose nice touch of oak, outstanding value for the price
Starts out smooth but has a harsh or acidic finish. Sort of disappointing end.
External Reviews for Rutherford Hill Napa California Merlot
"Rating: 84/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the November 2010 issue. Simple and fairly light in character
Rating: 84/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the November 2010 issue. Simple and fairly light in character, and slightly less than all there, this mid-sized offering comes up short on density, concentration and varietal focus. Give it credit for being clean, but "clean" is not enough to lift it higher.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Unlikely to improve with further aging.
Although Merlot has always been the primary focus of Rutherford Hill, Chardonnay has played a key role since the mid 70’s. In keeping with the winery’s style of complex wines that pair well with food, Rutherford Hill Chardonnay is crafted from grapes grown in the cooler climate found in the southern part of Napa Valley. This, in combination with mild oak aging, ensures the wine has balance and structure.
WS 89 Pts - According to Wine Spectator - Soft and sleek, with appealing aromas of cherry and mocha that lead to bright flavors of tart red currant, sage and spice. Winemakers Notes - Rutherford Hill's Merlot is an elegant, refined blend of classic Bordeaux varietals that create its rich aroma and flavor. The winery is perched high atop a hill overlooking Napa Valley, where the grapes are nurtured by deep volcanic soil and longer afternoon sun. An abundance of cherry fruit flavors are backed by a rich, balanced structure for an intensely complex Merlot. Silky, full-flavored, firm, and built for today's enjoyment with smooth tannins and lush layers of flavor.
Dichtes Purpur-Granat. Süsse Kirschen und reife Zwetschgen in der offenen Nase, auch Gianduja und Lebkuchen dahinter. Fruchtbetonter Gaumen mit verführerischer Zinfandel-Wärme, wieder viel Primärfrucht an Kirschen und nun auch reife Beeren erinnernd, viel Schmelz bis ins saftige Finale.
Soft and sleek, with appealing aromas of cherry and mocha that lead to bright flavors of tart red currant, sage and spice. Drink now through 2014. 42,546 cases made. -TF
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.
Food Pairings for Rutherford Hill Napa California Merlot
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