2013 Merlot, Rutherford
The 2013 Rutherford Merlot showcases the stunning purity of fruit Napa is known for, along with the savory minerality that is textbook Rutherford. As you may know, 2013 is arguably one of the best, if the not the very best, Napa vintage of the last 20 years. It produced wines that both critics and winemakers describe as classic expressions of Napa’s diverse terroir. The only downside to this vintage is that many of the 2013 wines require quite a bit of cellar time to show their immense character, but this wine is now in a perfect drinking window. Our cellar has done all the hard work so you can enjoy this wine at its greatest, right now!
The 2013 Merlot’s nose starts with beautiful blueberry and sweet cedar notes. Hints of vanilla, cigar box, and chocolate round out the aroma. The mouthfeel of the Merlot is smooth from start to finish. This wine exhibits the classic Rutherford dust composition and texture. Flavors of cherry liqueur, vanilla, and dark chocolate dominate the palate. One of the classic characteristics of this wine is the texture and flavor of baking cacao powder which rounds out the finish of the wine and brings to life the beautiful dusty tannins.