Rutherford Hill Napa Merlot 2021 Rated 92JS

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James Suckling Review
Rated 92
Ripe blackberries, plum skins, sandalwood, anisette and hints of chocolate on the nose. Spicy and racy on the palate with medium to full body and polished tannins. Vivid red and dark fruit and a lingering, steady finish. Try after 2025.

Tasting Notes for Rutherford Hill Napa Merlot

Appearance: The wine displays a deep ruby red color with a hint of purple at the rim, indicating its youthful vibrancy.

Nose: The nose is rich and expressive, with an inviting bouquet of ripe black cherries, plum, and blackberries. There are also complex layers of vanilla, cocoa, and a touch of cedar, contributed by the oak aging. Subtle hints of violet and dried herbs add further depth and complexity.

Palate: On the palate, Rutherford Hill Napa Merlot is full-bodied with a velvety texture. The flavors are dominated by juicy black fruits, including black cherry and plum, complemented by notes of dark chocolate and espresso. The mid-palate reveals nuances of toasted oak, sweet vanilla, and a touch of black pepper. The wine has a well-integrated tannin structure and a balanced acidity that gives it a smooth and polished mouthfeel.

Finish: The finish is long and satisfying, with lingering flavors of dark berries, mocha, and a hint of spice. The tannins are firm yet refined, providing a lasting impression and suggesting good aging potential.

Food Pairing: This Merlot pairs wonderfully with a variety of dishes, such as roasted lamb, beef tenderloin, or mushroom risotto. It also complements rich, savory dishes like braised short ribs or a hearty beef stew. For cheese lovers, try it with aged cheddar or gouda.

Overall Impression: Rutherford Hill Napa Merlot is a robust and elegant wine, showcasing the depth and complexity characteristic of Napa Valley Merlots. Its rich fruit profile, balanced oak influence, and smooth finish make it an excellent choice for both current enjoyment and cellaring.

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