100% Chardonnay aged in American oak.
Morgan Zaninovich’s great-grandfather, Rees T. Jenkins ranched and farmed in Lander, Nevada before the family established roots in California’s wine country.
In his day, all farming was done ‘the natural way’ and with sustainably. Today the family continue his commitment to sustainable wine growing; as being best for the land and the grapes and essential to crafting the finest, most flavorful wines.
87 points – Wine Advocate 2017
Crisp apple, lemon zest with subtle hints of smooth vanilla. Rich flavors of baked apple, lemon custard and toasted almond. A medium-bodied, fresh, lively style; any evidence of oak aging remains very much in the background.
Keep for up to five years.
About the Producer
Rutherford Wine Company, 50 years old and spanning 3 generations, is family owned and managed with a portfolio of wines representing the rich diversity of California’s outstanding appellations.
The winery is located on Napa Valley’s scenic Silverado Trail. Of Napa’s 14 designated AVA’s (American Viticultural Area), this district is renowned for producing unsurpassed premium varietal grapes. Rutherford have been critically acclaimed in the Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator and Decanter. Robert Parker described them as “best value in Napa Valley” and they were named ‘Napa Winery of the Year’ at the 2013 New York International Wine Competition.
What is outstanding is their uncompromising and ecologically far-sighted approach to wine-making. This is an ethical imperative for Rutherford. They are more labour intensive than other commercial winegrowing methods, the efforts are rewarded with fruit rich in flavour and character – and great fruit is a prerequisite for making great wine.
Rutherford are committed to sustainably farming, producing and bottling their wines. The winery and estate vineyards are certified sustainable by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance. Responsible farming is good for the land, good for the grapes and ultimately good for the wine.