Rutherford Wine Company is a growing Napa operation, arguably best known for its Predator bottling. But Rutherford produces wine under a number of other labels, including the trio we’re reviewing here. Let’s take a look at the wide-ranging offerings that Rutherford has to offer.
2015 Scott Family Estate Chardonnay Dijon Clone Arroyo Seco – Tons of oak and vanilla here, as expected, but there’s a fun fruitiness — figs and some sultanas — which add complexity before winding its way to a finish that combines almonds, honey, and toasted marshmallows. B+ / $18
2015 Rutherford Ranch Merlot Napa Valley – Classic structure, with a full body and loads of plum and cherry notes, with a gentle lacing of floral violets underneath and hints of chocolate at times. The flavor profile is familiar, but the bracing, moderately acidic finish allows it to stand out from the typical crowd of overblown, flabby California wines. A- / $17
2015 Two Range Red Wine Napa Valley – A chewy, somewhat over-fruited mystery blend (primary varietals include Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Petit Verdot), this wine offers pushy strawberry and plum notes, with an overflow of vanilla and chocolate notes. Quite a bit too sweet, but it grows on you in the end, working reasonably well with a bolder meal. B- / $19