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Rutherford Ranch Napa Cabernet 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

Plush fruit aromas of ripe boysenberry and currant with vanilla spice, anise and earthy hints of forest floor. Big and delicious flavors of red currant, cranberry, boysenberry, with earthy mineral notes. 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 3% Syrah, 1% Zinfandel

Region: USA

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Color: Red
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
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Round Hill Vineyards & Cellars:
Rutherford Wine Company is family owned and managed with a portfolio of wines representing the rich diversity of California’s outstanding appellations. Uncompromising and ecologically far-sighted viticulture is an ethical imperative for us. Though more labor intensive than prevalent commercial winegrowing methods, our efforts are rewarded with fruit rich in flavor and character. And great fruit is a prerequisite for making great wine.

Editorial Reviews for Rutherford Ranch Napa Cabernet

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065222,083
2.50 5
07/01/2011

This smells floral, sandy and taut on the nose with a wisp of smoke and some lemon pith. A bit fat in the mouth with some slick richness, this does offer up attractive pear and berry fruit; but it’s a bit ponderous on the palate before turning hard and lean on the finish. This is a bit on the fruiter side, downplaying the grassier elements of the grape. 83pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065222,083
3.50 5
03/13/2013

A touch of dusty earth, perhaps even stemmy on the nose, which also shows red currant fruit, well measured vanilla and lightly toasted spices and a touch of toasted almond and dry fruit. Medium bodied and fairly bright on entry, this blends some riper flavors of dried fruit and prune with light caramel edges and layers it all over red currant and cherry fruit. There are nice spice and vanilla accents showing on the mid palate that add complexity but don’t overpower the fruit, leading to a slightly tannic but palate-freshening finish thats pretty long with lingering, slightly spicy black cherry flavors and lightly chewy fruit tannins. With air, a subtle herbal note emerges on the palate as well. Love the way this feels in the mouth, though the flavors are just a touch riper than a very solid value. 88pts


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Snooth User: vin0vin0
3578086,405
2.50 5
06/10/2012

Nice Napa chard, pretty much down the middle with a nice balance of fruit, oak, butter, acidity.


Snooth User: calywa
9256772,185
4.50 5
10/24/2012

Slightly bitter wine with a distinct smokiness and peppery notes. Excellent with spicy food like curries.


Snooth User: Richard Jennings
780161112,967
4.00 5
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: Kate Statton
8538361,079
4.00 5
11/10/2011

A sweet Chardonnay with a bit of honeysuckle and pineapple flavors. Rich without being overly oak/buttery. A nicely drinking wine. Very enjoyable.


Snooth User: dgriff
141522220
2.50 5
11/27/2013

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


Snooth User: kevsipe
701626222
3.50 5
05/20/2012

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Rutherford Ranch Napa Cabernet

External Review
07/11/2011

A terrific bargain in Chardonnay is the 2005 from Rutherford Ranch. Aromas of apple skins, white peaches, pears, and lemon zest emerge from this well-made, fresh white. Consume this beauty over the next 12-18 months.


External Review
01/03/2012

A terrific bargain in Chardonnay is the 2005 from Rutherford Ranch. Aromas of apple skins, white peaches, pears, and lemon zest emerge from this well-made, fresh white. Consume this beauty over the next 12ndash;18 months.


External Review
01/03/2012

Sweet as a dessert, with vanilla, buttercream, brown-sugared pastry crust and pineapple custard flavors. Lots of people like this style, but itrsquo;s kind of simple.


External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
10/15/2009

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
09/27/2011

Succulent apple and nectarine flavors show off the unoaked portion of this chardonnay, while barrel-fermented lots add fresh almond notes and a creamy texture. The blend combines in a generous, bright white with finesse, a wine that performs far beyond its price. Serve this with any fresh catch. Best Buy.


External Review
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


External Review
07/11/2011

Sweet as a dessert, with vanilla, buttercream, brown-sugared pastry crust and pineapple custard flavors. Lots of people like this style, but it's kind of simple.


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Plush fruit aromas of ripe boysenberry and currant with vanilla spice, anise and earthy hints of forest floor. Big and delicious flavors of red currant, cranberry, boysenberry, with earthy mineral notes. 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 3% Syrah, 1% Zinfandel

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