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Sullivan Rutherford Estate, Merlot, Napa Valley, California, 2019

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Overview of the Wine
Situated in the heart of Napa Valley, Sullivan Rutherford Estate spans of 26 acres of vineyards and lush gardens. At the center are the family residence and winery which are open to visitors with an advance appointment. For nearly fifty years the Estate has been an oasis for artists, chefs, friends and wine lovers, and to this day remains a destination for discerning travelers.

The Estate was founded in 1972 by James ("Jim") O’Neil Sullivan, a visionary and pioneer of Rutherford, a premier Napa Valley appellation for Cabernet Sauvignon. Jim's passion for creating great wine predated the 1976 Judgement of Paris which famously recognized Napa Valley wines as among the best in the world.

Today, the Estate continues to build on its legacy of growing and crafting world class Cabernet Sauvignon. Under new ownership in 2018, the team is deeply investing in its vineyard programs and plans are underway to build a state of the art winery beginning in late 2020. 

Grape / Blend
Merlot

Origin
Rutherford, Napa Valley, California

Winemaker's Tasting Notes
The power and beauty of Rutherford Merlot is on full display with the 2019 vintage. Everything savory that defines the Sullivan Rutherford Estate makes an appearance: dark chocolate, minerality, and dried herbs, but then there is a lift with candied cherry and cinnamon spice. Big, luscious tannins bring a seriousness to the Merlot that coats and adds richness but gives texture and longevity. The balance of acid provides a freshness and backbone that helps support and integrate the weight of the wine. This wine is a representation of Merlot taken seriously from farming to winemaking, and truly represents a class that is not widely achieved. Enjoy now or over the next ten years.

Product size: 750ml

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