Rutherford Hill 1996 Reserve Merlot (Napa Valley)

A nose of spice, earth and cedar opens this medium-bodied wine that offers more than the 1995 and is a step toward the richer, more impressive 1997. Black cherry and charred oak notes play on the palate. The finish, with its hints of clove and tarragon, displays good length and some nuance. Closes with dusty tannins. Could use another year in the bottle.

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