By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: http://www.rutherfordwine.com
Rutherford Ranch wines is winery based in St. Helena California and has been family-run for over three generations. Located right on the Silverado Trail, its a favorite winery destination of locals as well as tourists. This fine little bottle of Chardonnay does a good job of showcasing that Napa can put out some good quality for the money.
- Appellation: Napa Valley
- Blend: 100% Chardonnay
- Agine: 70% stainless steel aged, 30% barrel aged sur-lees for 8 monthsAlcohol: 13.5%
- Price: $16
Nose: Banana peel, butterscotch, vanilla, honeydew and cantaloupe along with a hint of a lightly-toasted marshmallow.
Taste: A rather lively chardonnay that brings many of the elements so many “California-style Chardonnay” fans love such as creaminess, mouthfeel and texture but not in an overkill, “Kendall Jackson” kind of way. It’s a very approachable, food-friendly wine that has all lovely elements of this varietal and tosses in just enough oak, lees and malolactic fermentation to keep the California Chardonnay lovers coming back for more.