Napa Valley Rutherford Reds

Trinchero Winery, Napa Valley, Rutherford, Chicken Ranch Vineyard, Merlot 2005 Give the wine a bit of air for 10 minutes or so to blow off a bit of funk. Then the plummy fruit combines with the wet forest floor and a bit cedar in the nose. In the mouth plums and raspberries come through on a soft carpet, light-bodied and easy drinking. Winemaker Mario Monticelli. Grown, produced and bottled in St. Helena 13.5% $35 at the winery for the latest vintage ’07 Trinchero Napa Valley

Sawyer Cellars, Napa Valley, Rutherford, Estate Bottled, Bradford Meritage 2005 Cigar box and evolving fruit are joined by a bit of volatility. In the mouth, the wine is plush, creamy and a little warm. P&B in Rutherford 14.1% $44 at the winery Sawyer Cellars

Sawyer Cellars, Napa Valley, Rutherford, Estate Bottled, Bradford Meritage 2004 With a little air the fruit really pops, amped up by a little volatility. The mouth is densely packed with fruit, there’s an acidic frame and polished edges. P&B in Rutherford 14.1% This vintage is sold out at the winery but the ’03 is still available for $48 Sawyer Cellars

Frank Family Vineyards, Rutherford, Napa Valley, Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 There’s a strong sense of eucalyptus and sweet oak in the nose while the palate shows off vanilla with black fruit, structured yet very silky and long. V&B in Calistoag 14.5% sold out at the winery but the ’06 is available on allocation – contact the winery Frank

About Ray Johnson

Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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