Sunday, July 11, 2010

Rutherford Hill Winery, Rutherford, CA - red wine tasting


This winery has a gorgeous view and provides picnic tables for its guests. They have an outdoor and indoor tasting bar. We were hosted by Marilyn, who took great care of us. Tastings are $15 to $30 depending on which tasting you choose (regular or reserve).



Rutherford Hill Sangiovese 2006, Napa Valley, CA - $32
This wine is a blend of Sangiovese, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Aroma - cherries, floral
Taste - tart cherries, tobacco, soft tannins



Rutherford Hill Sangiovese 2007, Napa Valley, CA - $32
This wine is a blend of 86% Sangiovese, 8% Merlot, and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Aroma - bright cherries
Taste - bright cherries, red fruit, black tea, tobacco, soft tannins


Rutherford Hill Cabernet Franc 2006, Napa Valley, CA - $36
This wine is only sold at the winery and is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Aroma - dark, inky, smoky
Taste - fruit, ink, moderate tannins


Rutherford Hill Syrah 2005, Napa Valley, CA - $32
This wine is a blend of Syrah and Merlot.

Aroma - red fruit
Taste - fruit, soft tannins, not very much body


Rutherford Hill Merlot 2005, Napa Valley, CA - $25
This is the winery's flagship wine. It is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Syrah.

Aroma - red fruit, cocoa
Taste - red fruit, cocoa, moderate tannins


Rutherford Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2005, Napa Valley, CA - $32
This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot.

Aroma - red fruit
Taste - red fruit, moderate tannins


Rutherford Hill Petit Verdot 2006, Napa Valley, CA - $36
This wine is a blend of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Aroma - black fruit, ink
Taste - red fruit, soft tannins


Rutherford Hill Malbec 2007, Napa Valley, CA - $36
This wine is a blend of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Aroma - dark fruit
Taste - dark fruit, strong tannins, long finish

I love this wine!



Rutherford Hill Zinfandel Port 2001, Napa Valley,CA - $33
This port is 100% Zinfandel.

Smelled and tasted currants and spice. After a little dessert (chocolate-covered blueberry), it was much smoother.


Terlato Family Vineyards' Peak Series is the Winery's tribute to Bordeaux style wines. We tasted three of them with Marilyn.



Terlato Family Vineyards Angels' Peak 2006, Rutherford, CA - $48
This red wine is 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc.

Aroma - currants
Taste - fruit, soft tannins



Terlato Family Vineyards Devils' Peak 2006, Rutherford, CA - $48
This wine is 66% Cabernet Franc, 23% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Malbec.

Aroma - black plum
Taste - fruit and cocoa, moderate tannins



Terlato Family Vineyards Cardinals' Peak 2006, Rutherford, CA - $48
This wine is a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, and 8% Petit Verdot.

Aroma - red and dark fruit
Taste - red and dark fruit, moderate to strong tannins, long finish


We also tasted two wines from the reserve menu.



Rutherford Hill Luke Donald Claret 2006, Rutherford, CA - $39.99
This wine is 44% Merlot, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, and 11% Petit Verdot.

Aroma - red fruit
Taste - red fruit, moderate tannins



Terlato Family Vineyards EPISODE 2006, Rutherford, CA - $150
This wine is a blend of 65% Cab Sauv, 28% Merlot, and 7% Petit Verdot.

Aroma - dark fruit, licorice
Taste - dark fruit, licorice, tobacco, strong tannins

This was D's favorite of this tasting!

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