Rutherford Vintners Merlot 2010
This is a graceful wine. It can be sipped by itself, but is excellent with appetizers or main courses. An appetizer such as Brie and smoked salmon come to mind. For the main course, rack of lamb, a grilled steak or roast duck are favorites to pair with this wine
Rutherford Vintners, however, also offers an additional component - extraordinary value. One will find these beautiful Napa Valley wines so versatile that they can be enjoyed with the most elegant of dinners, or with more informal outdoor settings.
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.