Rutherford Hill Merlot 2019

Rutherford Hill Merlot 2019

$32.99
Availability:
  • This item is currently not available
Varietal
Merlot
Region
California
Sub-Appellation
Rutherford
Alcohol
15%

Overview

The beginning of the 2019 growing season was defined by copious rainfall and late soil moisture. The long, warm summer saw very few extreme heat events, with foggy mornings setting the stage for vibrant and expressive wines. The long, relatively mild finish to the season, not without its moments of unpredictability, helped to preserve freshness and finesse in the fruit with abundant hang time teasing out great color, structure and soft tannins. All in all, exceptional fruit with bright acidity and ample texture promises an amazing vintage.

Aging

Cave aging 18 months in French oak barrels

Fermentation

Stainless steel tank with daily pump overs, pressed at dryness. Secondary fermentation to finish in barrels and tanks.

Winemaker

Marisa Taylor

Tasting Notes

Style

Red

Flavor

Blueberry, Coffee, Chocolate, Boysenberry

Aroma

Blackberry, cassis and black currant with hints of black tea leaves, Asian spice and graphite.

Taste

Full- bodied entry with layers of blueberry, spiced boysenberry and mocha all coupled to well-integrated, rich tannins that give way to a rich, round, smooth finish.