Rutherford Hill Barrel Select Red Blend 2015 Front Label
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Rutherford Hill Barrel Select Red Blend 2015

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750ML / 14.5% ABV
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750ML / 14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

This wine is ruby red color with a lively aroma of blackcurrant, blueberry and aniseed. Concentrated flavors of plum, blackberry and dark cherry lead to velvety, round tannins and a bright, long finish.

Blend: 78% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Syrah, 5% Cabernet Franc

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RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Composed of 78% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Syrah and 5% Cabernet Franc, the 2015 Proprietary Red Barrel Select offers a medium garnet-purple color and is scented of warm black plums, mulberries, spice box and pencil shavings with hints of Marmite toast, vanilla and chocolate box. Full-bodied and firmly textured with fine-grained tannins, it fills the palate with relatively straightforward savory and black fruit notions, finishing on an earthy note.
JD 90
Jeb Dunnuck
A blend of 78% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Syrah and the rest Cabernet Franc that’s brought up in 30% new oak, the 2015 Barrel Select is the best in the lineup and offer plenty of black cherry and plum fruits, a ripe, expansive, layered texture, sweet tannin and a great finish. Drink it over the coming 7-8 years.
WS 90
Wine Spectator
Powerfully spiced, with well-structured flavors of cherry, raspberry and plum, backed by fresh tannins. The minerally finish offers slate and savory accents. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2022.
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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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Undoubtedly proving its merit over and over, Napa Valley is a now a leading force in the world of prestigious red wine regions. Though Cabernet Sauvignon dominates Napa Valley, other red varieties certainly thrive here. Important but often overlooked include Merlot and other Bordeaux varieties well-regarded on their own as well as for their blending capacities. Very old vine Zinfandel represents an important historical stronghold for the region and Pinot noir is produced in the cooler southern parts, close to the San Pablo Bay.

Perfectly situated running north to south, the valley acts as a corridor, pulling cool, moist air up from the San Pablo Bay in the evenings during the hot days of the growing season, which leads to even and slow grape ripening. Furthermore the valley claims over 100 soil variations including layers of volcanic, gravel, sand and silt—a combination excellent for world-class red wine production.

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