Last December 21, I posted my thoughts about the 2010 Kirkland Signature Napa Valley Meritage. In that post, I discussed the red blends from the USA called Meritage. If the term is unknown to you, please look at the earlier post.
Each year, Costco produces two Meritage blends from the Napa Valley. The 2012 Rutherford Napa Valley is in the store now. This wine is a blend of 58% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Malbec with an A.C. of 14.9%. The Kirkland Rutherford Napa Valley is produced by Mario Diguilio and Glenn Hugo of Vintage Wine Estates, a group of 8 family wineries based out of Santa Rosa, California.
The Rutherford AVA is part of the larger Napa Valley AVA. It is known for its unique volcanic influenced soil laced with gravel, sand and loam. The winemakers note deep concentrated black cherry notes, surrounded by ripe black currant, cinamon and sweet oak spice.
I like the 2012 Rutherford Meritage even better than the 2010 Napa Valley Meritage. Both wines have the softness of merlot enhanced by the flavor of the Cabernet Sauvignon, but the Rutherford Meritage has its flavor further enhanced with Petit Verdot, which makes it special. The Rutherford Meritage is $13.99 at Costco and it is well worth the price.
SC Wine Joe rating = 90 points