Rutherford Hill Barrel Select 2012
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Wine EnthusiastSanguine, this Merlot-dominant blend is juicy with well-toned structure and length. Smaller percentages of Syrah and Malbec provide succulence and softness, while also offering a density of black cherry and berry, finished in dark chocolate.
Wine AdvocateThe 2012 Proprietary Red Blend Barrel Select (65% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec, 5% Syrah and 5% Petit Verdot) has the juiciest, plushest mid-palate of these Rutherford Hill offerings as well as spicy oak, soft tannins and adequate acidity. Round and reasonably generous with a medium to full-bodied finish, it can be consumed over the next 7-8 years.
Wine SpectatorFocused and nicely structured but distinctly herbal, with accents of tart cherry, cedar and spice. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Drink now through 2019. 2,400 cases made.