Thursday, April 28, 2011

Wine Review: 2008 Rutherford Ranch Rhiannon Napa Valley Red Wine

This wine has a deep garnet color. The nose has aromas of dark berried fruit, a hint of spice and "Rutherford Dust" or earthiness. I know it seems odd, but I could smell the Rutherford dust on the nose which was very intriguing. I felt like maybe I found "terroir" on the nose; maybe this wine gives us a taste of Rutherford Ranch. The palate has flavors of dark cherries, blackberries, raspberries, plums and a bit of pepper. This wine is a blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and 12% Zinfandel. This is definitely a wine meant to be paired with food. I would pair this with a lovely rib eye steak, finished with a light drizzle of Ecco Extra Virgin Olive Oil. This olive oil is available at their website and is delightful. It is is buttery with a hit of herbs and spice. Another ideal pairing would be gourmet burgers, topped with cheddar or blue cheese. These pairing suggestions are in keeping with our love for grilling which for most of us has already started. 

Note: This wine and olive oil was a sample provided by Rutherford Ranch.  2008 Rutherford Ranch Rhiannon Napa Valley Red Wine SRP $29.00

  Ecco Extra Virgin Olive Oil SRP $19.00

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