Rutherford Hill Merlot 2001 Front Label
Rutherford Hill Merlot 2001 Front Label

Rutherford Hill Merlot 2001

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Winemaker Notes

"A straightforward, precise merlot with full-on blackberry and black cherry flavor And it's even more lovely tasted a day later, the pure black cherry flavor taking on spice. Buy a case to serve over the next several years, whenever beef is on the menu."
-Wine & Spirits

A beautiful deep red color is accompanied by aromas of black cherries, dark plums and boysenberries. This is complexed with layers of toasted oak, sweet vanilla and nutmeg. A soft entry and full mouthfeel is complemented by flavors of rich fruit, oak and velvety tannins. The wine follows with a long, soft and sweet finish.

Alcohol Level: 13.9%

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Rutherford Hill Winery, California
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Nestled high in the Eastern Hills, Rutherford Hill Winery commands a spectacular view overlooking the Rutherford bench of Napa Valley. It is from a handful of the most select Napa vineyards that Rutherford Hill continues its tradition of crafting legendary wines. In 1976, while the rest of the world was just beginning to take notice of Napa Valley, the founders of Rutherford Hill recognized a unique opportunity. They believed that the climate and soil of the valley, similar to Pomerol, were well suited to Merlot and were among the first to pioneer what has become Napa's premier varietal. Today, this tradition of quality continues, expressed by wines of great complexity and character.
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As Napa Valley’s third most planted grape, Napa Valley Merlot shows time and time again its potential to produce exceptional results. Napa’s vaunted combination of climate, soil and the human factor of winemaking expertise lead to big, ripe, cellar-worthy and world-class versions.

Whether made by itself in single varietal bottlings or as an important role in Bordeaux Blends, Merlot continues a prominent role in this famous region. While Cabernet typically takes the lead role, Merlot’s contribution—even at 10% to 20% or so—is significant indeed. Often described as “the flesh on Cabernet’s bones,” Merlot lends a soft, round and plush character that beautifully complements Cabernet’s linear, full-throttle structure. Its flavors of plums plus subtle herbs and mint also dovetail nicely with Cabernet’s blackberry and cassis.

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