This place is a Merlot lover's paradise in a Cabernet Sauvignon world. When the winery's founders were deciding what grapes to plant, they discovered that the climate and soil conditions resembled those of Pomerol, a region of Bordeaux where Merlot is king. Now owned by the Terlato family, Rutherford Hill has extensive wine caves—nearly a mile of tunnels and passageways. You can glimpse them and the barrels inside on the tours, and you can make your own Merlot at entertaining
Saturday blending sessions ($95). The winery's hillside picnic area, amid oak and olive trees, is a magical spot. The $35 picnic-reservation fee includes a $20 voucher toward the purchase of wine and two glasses.
200 Rutherford Hill Rd., east of Silverado Trail, Rutherford, California, 94573, United States
Dec 30, 2003
Rutherford was at one time My #1 favorite in the valley. They lost a little over the last few yrs. However i still love there Merlot and Cab. They have the Best port i have ever tasted.