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2012 Rutherford Merlot

2012 Rutherford Merlot
Wine Specs
Vintage
2012
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Napa County
Harvest Date
2012
pH
3.63
Aging
16 months in French oak, 60% new
Residual Sugar
0.5 g/L
Alcohol %
14.7
Wine Enthusiast
92
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$40.00
 
SKU: 810386120086

Joseph Carr’s Merlot is sourced from Napa’s acclaimed Rutherford AVA. Located in the center of Napa, Rutherford is bordered by the Mayacamas Mountains on the west and the Vaca Range on the east. Its climate is warmer than Oakville and Stags Leap District to the south but is still marginally influenced by early morning fogs, an environment which creates rich flavors in wine without sacrificing freshness. The well-drained soil is a unique combination of gravel, loam, sand, volcanic deposits, and marine sediment. Rutherford wines are famous for “Rutherford Dust,” a term describing their distinctive dusty, earthy flavors.

92 Points & Editor' s Choice- WINE ENTHUSIAST March 2016

Case Production: 92 (website only)

 

Wine Specs
Vintage
2012
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Napa County
Harvest Date
2012
pH
3.63
Aging
16 months in French oak, 60% new
Residual Sugar
0.5 g/L
Alcohol %
14.7
Wine Enthusiast
92
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The wine features notes of black cherry, black currant, mint, dark chocolate, and roast meat. On the palate, it is lush and rich, with supple tannins and fantastic length.
Ratings
92 POINTS & EDITOR'S CHOICE- WINE ENTHUSIAST March 2016 This wine is a standout, with seasoned, full-bodied layers of peppercorn, clove, cinnamon and jammy plum, balanced in weight and length, with just a hint of sanguine character. While it plays the savory card successfully, it dabbles judiciously in dark chocolate, too, finishing like a chocolate kiss – V.B.
Production Notes
Joseph Carr’s Merlot is sourced from Napa’s acclaimed Rutherford AVA. Located in the center of Napa, Rutherford is bordered by the Mayacamas Mountains on the west and the Vaca Range on the east. Its climate is warmer than Oakville and Stags Leap District to the south but is still marginally influenced by early morning fogs, an environment which creates rich flavors in wine without sacrificing freshness. The well-drained soil is a unique combination of gravel, loam, sand, volcanic deposits, and marine sediment. Rutherford wines are famous for “Rutherford Dust,” a term describing their distinctive dusty, earthy flavors.
Winemaker Notes
The 2012 Merlot was hand-picked at the peak of flavor development from early September through October. Grapes were crushed then went through an 11-day fermentation period in 100% stainless steel with cap punch-downs three times daily to maximize flavor extraction. The wine is aged in French oak, 60% new, for 16 months.
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Larry
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(Nov 2, 2016 at 2:29 PM)
Excellent deep taste and a Terri value for the price.

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