2012 Rutherford Merlot
Joseph Carr’s Merlot calls Napa’s acclaimed Rutherford AVA home. 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 (winery exclusive)