Rutherford, Napa Valley
“The 2015 Rutherford Estate Merlot is a portrait of elegance with a complex array of dark red and blue fruits overlaying the finer notes of milk chocolate, anise, and violets. The acidity carries the black cherry and fig from nose to palate, blending with the final brush strokes of light oak and delicate tannins that linger in the finish.” – Justin Carr
An early bud break, one of the longest flowering periods in years, and a long growing season produced a vintage that shines in quality. Spring started fast and an early bloom was met with a dip in temperature, wind and rains which slowed the development and reduced yields. The result was a small crop of extremely well-concentrated fruit that ripened fully and slowly before an early harvest in August.
Food Pairing Notes
Perfect with braised grass-fed beef short ribs or brick-cooked chicken with herbs