Rutherford Hill Merlot, Napa Valley Appellation, 2009

Family owned. Sustainably farmed. Rutherford Hill is a Terlato Family winery whose ambition is to produce great wines. For our Merlot, we adopted a centuries' old winemaking technique. First used in the 18th century, the technique calls for the addition of syrah to the blend. Together with the merlot, winemaker Marisa Taylor Huffaker included cabernet sauvignon for structure, cabernet franc for aromatics and the syrah for body, character and heft. It is aged 16 months in French oak barrels in the tradition of the world's finest wines. Alc. 13.9% by vol. Produced and bottled by Rutherford Hill Winery Rutherford, California, USA.