Rutherford Hill

Located on the Silverado Trail in Napa, Rutherford Hill is a fun and welcoming winery that makes some really great wines.  We tasted quite a few on our visit and since that day I have bought more wines made by this winery.

Rutherford Hill Winery

We tasted all reds on our visit, and the standouts were the Reserve Merlot ($70, aged in French Oak 20-22 months), the 04 Petite Verdot ($30, limited production, blended with Malbec, really smooth with soft tannins) and the 03 Cabernet.

Inside Rutherford Hill

The sister winery, Terlato, makes some great vines that I highly recommend.  In our tasting they poured the 04 Terlato Angel’s Peak (Merlot & Cabernet blend) which was smooth, easy to drink and delicious.

I bought a few wines on our visit and aged one of them, the Petite Verdot, for a few years before enjoying it with a lamb dinner.  The wine was so amazing that I wrote a blog post about it.

Rutherford Hill Petite Verdot

Downsides?  None at all.  I would love to visit this winery again.  Great wines, very friendly staff and a nice tasting facility.

http://www.rutherfordhill.com

Rating: 3 out of 4 stars – recommend

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