Predator Old Vine Zinfandel
Rutherford’s philospophy of responsible farming is witnessed in the Predator which references not the strength of the wine but “Natural Predation” – an eco-friendly strategy to control harmful insects in the vineyards. The label displays a Ladybird, a natural insect predator, which feed on destructive aphids in the vineyards.
Harvested from 50 year old vines, the grapes produce a wine that is very concentrated and complex. Great fruit-forward flavours of sweet black cherries and raspberries, with bold aromas of exotic spice. A real “chewy” wine.
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.