Rutherford Hill Malbec
The near-perfect 2016 growing season started early, saw ideal weather conditions throughout and wrapped up as the valley's first significant fall rainstorm arrived on October 14. Thanks to a relatively steady and mild July and August and then a series of warm days at the end of the growing season, vineyards were able to progress to perfect ripeness. Wines from the 2016 vintage are now quietly developing in cellars throughout Napa Valley and vintners are pinching themselves and smiling for the gift it appears Mother Nature has given them: a fifth consecutive vintage of stellar quality Napa Valley wines.
The Terlato family recognized the promise of this special French Bordeaux varietal and pioneered producing wine from this intriguing grape at Rutherford Hill. Wine drinkers familiar with Malbec will recognize its signature deep purple color the moment the wine hits the glass. The wine is concentrated and juicy with distinctive flavors of dark fruit. Our winemaker carefully managed the tannins to achieve a beautiful softness while delivering a supple wine of depth and complexity.