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Rutherford Hill Winery Description:
Founded in 1972, Rutherford Hill Winery is a pioneer in the development of California Merlot.
Nestled high on a hill, Rutherford Hill Winery commands a spectactular view overlooking the Rutherford bench of Napa Valley. It is from a handful of the most select Napa vineyards that Rutherford Hill continues its tradition of crafting legendary wines. In 1972, while the rest of the world was just beginning to take notice of Napa Valley, the founders of Rutherford Hill recognized a unique opportunity; they believed that the climate and soil of the valley, similar to Pomerol, were well suited to Merlot and were among the first to pioneer what has become Napa’s premier varietal.
In 1996, the Terlato family purchased the winery and embraced their legendary commitment to quality over quantity. Their pursuit of excellence began with a comprehensive review of all aspects of the facility that resulted in significant enhancements to our portfolio of wines of great complexity and character.
TWG Chairman Anthony Terlato, along with his sons Bill and John, works with Rutherford Hill winemaker, Marisa Taylor, to tackle the challenges of consistently improving the wine, vintage after vintage. The philosophy that the Terlato’s apply to all their ventures was evident at Rutherford Hill from the beginning.
The grape growers who founded Rutherford Hill carefully studied the geography of the region and capitalized on climate and soil conditions that resembled those of Pomerol, the small but distinctive Merlot-growing region of Bordeaux. What a promising discovery that was – one that was borne plenty of fruit – specifically, the lush, purple-black grapes that have contributed so much to Rutherford Hill’s success. Today, Merlot remains the flagship wine of the company with 75 percent of Rutherford Hill’s production dedicated to this varietal, one of the leading Merlots of Napa Valley.