Rutherford Estate Merlot 2018
The Rutherford Estate Merlot shows the typical fine-grained quality that the AVA is known for. Inspired by St Supéry’s initial consulting winemaker, Michel Rolland, a notable amount of the merlot is barrel fermented for a decadent and refined palate.
The Rutherford Estate vineyard surrounds the St Supéry winery on the eastern side of Highway 29, covering just over 50 acres. Located in the heart of Rutherford, the famed “dusty” style of the region permeates the wines with a distinctive character.
Warm fermentation and gentle cap maceration before an extended maceration period. 65% of the blend was barrel fermented. Aged in 44% new French oak for 19 months with regular movement of the barrels.
A rainy winter and spring provided plenty of water for vines to drink from. Though July was warm, August through September proved to be mild and ideal to finish the season.
Aromas of black plum and black cherry combine with graphite, milk chocolate, and black pepper.
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"Verve and Brightness"
James Suckling - February 9, 2023 "This is always an excellent merlot with blackberry, chocolate and hazelnut character. It’s full and tight with balance and freshness. Shows verve and brightness." - July 2021
"Pure, Elegant Style"
Jeb Dunnuck - February 9, 2023 "Tthe 2018 Merlot Rutherford Estate Vineyard reveals a deep purple hue to go with impressive purity in its cassis and mulberry fruits as well as notes of chocolate, cedary herbs, and tobacco. It shows the vintage's pure, elegant style yet has terrific concentration, ripe tannins, a good spine of acidity, and a great finish." - January 2021
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Dollarhide Estate Sauvignon Blanc
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Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
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Reflecting some of the best fruit from both their Dollarhide and Rutherford Estate vineyards, Élu is a beautifully textured Bordeaux blend showcasing the high growing quality of St Supéry’s holdings. The opulent style typically leads with Cabernet Sauvignon vintage to vintage, while incorporating various amounts of Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot.
Dollarhide Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
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Crafted entirely from Muscat Canelli, this highly aromatic and joyous expression of this charming varietal. This Moscato represents St Supéry’s only off-dry wine and provides a welcome counterpoint to their already impressive portfolio. 49% of all Napa Valley Muscat Canelli is grown by St Supéry.