2019 Rutherford Estate Vineyard Merlot

  • 2019


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Tasting Notes

Deep shades of red and purple commence this wine. Luscious, fresh black plum with some notes of dark, ripe raspberry, anise, and toasted oak combine with a hint graphite. Flavors of rich black cherry and mocha coupled with a subtle cinnamon, clove, and toffee. A smooth, silky pallet with elegant tannins presents this wine. Enjoy!


In 2019, we experienced a very wet winter and spring, capturing 41 inches of rain at Dollarhide. A mild spring with one late-May rainfall resulted in damp soils and healthy canopy growth. Other than one mid-June heat spell, summer was warm and dry, allowing for consistent and balanced ripening. Late summer and early fall continued to provide steady warmth. As evenings began to cool, the fall growing season was extended. October became  quite cold, early. It was a good even ripening season with a mild summer resulting in excellent wine of great flavor and density.

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93 Points, James Suckling
92 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
92 Points, Wine Spectator
91 Points, the Wine Advocate


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