Rutherford Ranch Merlot 2009

Merlot from Napa Valley, California

$17.99
Item No. 111043
  • red wine
  • Green wine
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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Winemaker's Notes

Aromas of rich, juicy cherry, violets and vanilla. Delicious flavors of cranberry, red cherry, blueberry. Well-balanced with firm acidity, elegant tannins over a medium finish with hints of barrel spice.

The 2009 vintage for Napa wines was long and mild. The winter was relatively dry followed by a cool spring. The foggy summer months led to early Fall rains. A relatively small harvest of high quality fruilt with concentrated color and flavors, good acidity and balance.

A wonderful pairing with roast beef, grilled chicken or pork chops and hearty pasta dishes. Also complements your favorite cheese platter.

Blend: 91% merlot, 6% Syrah, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon

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It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...

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Learn About Merlot

Merlot(mehr-LOW) No second fiddle Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St...

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