Rutherford Hill Merlot 2001
-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%
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.