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Date Printed: 9/19/2014
Campbells Merchant Prince Rare Rutherglen Muscat (half-bottle)
Campbells Merchant Prince Rare Rutherglen Muscat (half-bottle)
(search item no. 60371)
The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
PRICE ON 9/19/2014: $79.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Our Merchant Prince is classified 'Rare' - it is the pinnacle, the richest, most complex and complete wine. The ultimate in intensity. Raisined sweetness explodes on the front of the palate. Complex nutty flavors flow through the full length of the palate and the drying tannin finish lingers for many minutes.

Fruit is left to ripen on the vine until as late as possible to ensure the necessary high degree of lusciousness. Juice is fermented for only a very short time before being fortified with neutral spirit and stored in oak to mature. Only the very best fruit from the finest vintages is used in the blend. As with any blended wine, it is difficult to specify an exact age. The oldest base wine is well over 60 years old, with only wines of the highest standard from excellent vintages being added to this outstanding solera.

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About Campbells:

Campbells produces some of the world's finest dessert wines. This family-owned vineyard and winery uses the "solera" method of blending and maturing new and old wines over a period of years. (Some of the material used for blending is 70, 80, even 90 years old.) The solera, originally made famous by the Spanish and Portuguese, is a series of up to seven casks, each containing wine at successive stages of maturation. The result is a uniformity of quality, age and character that elevates the Campbells brand into a class of its own. Today, when you see the Rutherglen symbol on a bottle of wine, you have a virtual seal-of-authority that it will be very special.

With a 130-year history of winemaking, the fourth generation of Campbells own and manage the vineyards and winery at Rutherglen. The founder of the winery was a Scottish immigrant, John Campbell, who arrived in 1860. A decade later, he began making fortified wines that rivaled the best Europe had to offer. The family still uses the same winemaking methods handed down over successive generations, while incorporating modern viticultural technology. The vineyard now consists of 157 acres, and many of the vines are a century old. Malcolm Campbell is in charge of the family vineyards and farmlands, and his brother Colin is responsible for making the wines