Dec
01
2008

Rutherford Hill Merlot 2003, 86 points

2003 Rutherford Hill Merlot

(USA, California, Napa Valley)

Veggies throughout.  Deep purple in color and the color and body is decent.  The nose has loads of green pepper, black olive, plum and dark fruits.  The nose is better than the palate.  This wine is kind of boring and borders on an everyday table wine.  The wine is shallow and short.  Very little fruit and what fruit you can taste disappears fast and transitions into a very disjointed taste and feel.  This wine goes dark fast and is very bitter on the finish.  Really short.  I would give this a pass.

Rutherford site

From their site:

Variety: Merlot
Vintage: 2004
Appellation:Napa Valley
Varietal Composition:Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Malbec
Color: Magenta
Aroma: Berries, cocoa, vanilla, and cinnamon with hints of tobacco
Flavor:Dark cherries and rich chocolate with a hint of oaky sweetness
Approximate Lifespan in a Proper Cellar: 5-7 years
Bottling Dates: Summer 2006
Alcohol Content: 14.2%

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