Rutherford Hill Atlas Peak Merlot
Capturing and presenting Merlot's style and charm has been our primary mission since our founding. Our enthusiasm for Merlot is the stimulus for producing this 2010 Merlot grown in the Atlas Peak appellation. This Atlas Peak Merlot joins the good company of our Napa Valley and Reserve Merlot bottlings. The mountain-grown grapes of Atlas Peak produced a Merlot with exceptional concentration and structure in 2010. We were so impressed by this particular lot that bottling it as a single appellation wine was the natural step. This Merlot delivers the heft and structure expected balanced very gracefully on plush accessible tannins.
Tasting Notes: Full-bodied with velvety tannins, this wine has flavors of black cherry, dried cranberry and dark chocolate.
Appellation: Atlas Peak
Alcohol %: 14.00%
90 Points-Wine Enthusiast
This is not a typical Atlas Peak red. It’s too soft, too approachable in youth for this appellation of long-lived wines. But it is immensely enjoyable for its mellow texture and lusciously ripe cherry, cola and oak flavors.