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This Merlot has true varietal blueberry aromas with subtle suggestions of cocoa and toasted oak. Ripe, juicy plum and cherry with the blueberry jamminess on the palate. Hints of pomegranate / grenadine in a supple, smooth but unsweet, lingering finish.
Food Recommendation: This is a very versatile wine that matches well with nearly every food, except the lightest fish or fowl. Especially good with lamb, roast, grilled beef, full-flavored red sauces and homey dishes like sausages and polenta.
Winemaker's Notes: The 2001 growing season was unusual because the normal gentle spring rains and cool weather were interrupted by a very warm week that made a meager set of the cluster flowers known as "shatter". This natural thinning and yield lessening by natural causes allowed greater flavor concentration in the remaining grapes. The autumn ripening was very moderate and mild.
Rutherford Ranch favors substance over pretense. We don't waste our resources on fancy wine centers or fanciful stories. We don't need to. When it comes to making a good impression, we believe that the only thing that matters is the genuine quality and value of our Napa Valley wines. The entire family of Rutherford Ranch wines proudly bears the Napa Valley appellation. Across our...Read More About Rutherford Ranch
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...Read More About Napa Valley
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...Read More About Merlot
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