Rutherford Hill

Napa Valley Merlot

8.912 ratings
8.94 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Merlot
Beef, Venison, Salami & Prosciutto, Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, Exotic Spices, Lamb, White Rice, Baking Spices, Herbs, Pasta, Chicken, Mushrooms, Pungent Cheese, Turkey, Tomato-Based, Soft Cheese, Pork, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Duck, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
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It is time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Let's bring Merlot back!

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish /brick rim. Pretty color, but looks much older than it is.

Muted on the nose with black fruits, light wood and chocolate notes.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with plums, cooked cherries, oak, light vanilla, licorice, light earth, herbs, spices, pencil lead, chocolates, light tobacco and peppercorn.

Medium minus in length on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice entry level Merlot from Napa Valley. Smooth and elegant with nice complexity.

Nicely balanced and fruit forward. Rich and spicy with a nice mouthfeel.

This 5 year old is peaking now and will not continue to improve.

Good right out of the bottle and easy drinking. A good pop and pour kind of wine, but better after 30 minutes of airtime.

Wine Spectator 91 points.

Good by itself as a sipping wine or with food. A good party wine.

A blend of 77% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot and 2% Syrah.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$37.

It is time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Let's bring Merlot back!

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish /brick rim. Pretty color, but looks much older than it is.

Muted on the nose with black fruits, light wood and chocolate notes.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with plums, cooked cherries, oak, light vanilla, licorice, light earth, herbs, spices, pencil lead, chocolates, light tobacco and peppercorn.

Medium minus in length on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice entry level Merlot from Napa Valley. Smooth and elegant with nice complexity.

Nicely balanced and fruit forward. Rich and spicy with a nice mouthfeel.

This 5 year old is peaking now and will not continue to improve.

Good right out of the bottle and easy drinking. A good pop and pour kind of wine, but better after 30 minutes of airtime.

Wine Spectator 91 points.

Good by itself as a sipping wine or with food. A good party wine.

A blend of 77% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot and 2% Syrah.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$37.

Apr 4th, 2024
Sipping Fine Wine

Dark Ruby with ripe berry fruit and herb spice aromas. On the palate flavors of ripe cherry and blackberry with leather and cacao notes. Dusty tannins, medium finish ending spicy. Will stand up to food, drink now no aging benefit.

Dark Ruby with ripe berry fruit and herb spice aromas. On the palate flavors of ripe cherry and blackberry with leather and cacao notes. Dusty tannins, medium finish ending spicy. Will stand up to food, drink now no aging benefit.

Mar 17th, 2024
Matt Sterr

Value-driven Napa Merlot.

Value-driven Napa Merlot.

Mar 23rd, 2022
Meg Herring

Luxe, velvety red with intense notes of blackberry, black cherry, pencil shavings, vanilla, cocoa, and espresso and lush tannins. Good for chilly weather! (sample)

Luxe, velvety red with intense notes of blackberry, black cherry, pencil shavings, vanilla, cocoa, and espresso and lush tannins. Good for chilly weather! (sample)

Oct 15th, 2021
Casey Collins

Good value, bright with strong notes of blueberry

Good value, bright with strong notes of blueberry

Oct 21st, 2022
Jeff Briggs

Smooth silky merlot

Smooth silky merlot

Feb 21st, 2022
Michael Hadley

Michael had this 3 months ago

Michael had this 3 months ago

Mar 21st, 2024
Rachel Murray

Rachel had this 10 months ago

Rachel had this 10 months ago

Jul 30th, 2023
Carissa Herman

Carissa had this a year ago

Carissa had this a year ago

Dec 15th, 2022
Ana Maria Fernandez

Ana had this 2 years ago

Ana had this 2 years ago

Jul 9th, 2022