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2018 Merlot - Napa Valley bottle shot
Rutherford Ranch
Merlot
Napa Valley

2018

  • Appellation: Rutherford
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
Olive Branch

Luscious aromatic notes of cherry, sage and plum, layered with earthy flavors of black pepper, toasted oak and dark stone fruit. Bright acidity and fine tannins leave a velvety mouthfeel.

Vineyard Notes

Our 2018 Merlot is sourced from select lots throughout diverse Napa Valley sub-appellations. The lots were then carefully blended to create a medley of nuanced flavors, aromas and varietal characteristics.

Food Pairing Notes

Fine tannins and a velvety mouthfeel make this wine an ideal accompaniment to smoked baby back ribs, or with hearty pasta dishes and pizza.

Production Notes

The 2018 Growing Season was truly an exceptional year for ripening grapes. Winter started out with very little rainfall, which

made growers worry that it may be another year of drought. When March arrived, however, it brought along the much-needed rainfall

that helped fill the root zone, water table and some reservoirs. The vines came out of winter dormancy and began the season with ample

water and abundant sunshine.