St. Supéry Merlot Rutherford Estate Vineyard 2009: Loving Merlot Again? Why You Should

St. Supéry’s reputation for red wines has been on the rise. Owned by the French Skalli family with a passion for full-bodied Rhone-styled reds, the headquarters are based in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, owned by Les Vins Skalli, the Skalli family. This exceptional Merlot is sourced from the winery’s Napa Valley Rutherford vineyards in California. It will undoubtedly make you want to drink Merlot again if you moved on from that yearning a few years ago.

St. Supéry Vineyards and Estates, Rutherford

St. Supéry Vineyards and Estates, Rutherford

If not, consider this (See 10 Things You Don’t Know About Merlot in the video below.:

Ever since the movie Sideways, Merlot has been viewed by many as the ugly redheaded stepchild of the wine world. Well we are giving you permission to fall in love with Merlot all over again. When you watch this video you will find AT LEAST 10 Things You Don’t Know About Merlot.

Wine Oh TV’s Monique Soltani went on a mission where no wine loving reporter has gone before. To find out exactly why you aren’t “Drinking any F#@king Merlot!” Surely Sideways couldn’t be the only reason wine enthusiasts feel like they have to blush when ordering this not always so thick skinned grape? After interviewing dozens of the industry leaders, Monique finally figured out why America’s relationship with Merlot faded and why today their love affair is hotter than ever. Bottom line: if you want to be in with the in crowd, then be proud when you order your next bottle of Merlot, because people “in the know” have never given up on Merlot.

Back to St. Supéry: In the bottle is 100% Merlot, estate grown in Rutherford in the Napa Valley.

St. Supery Merlot 200, Rutherford, Napa Valley Estate Grown

St. Supery Merlot 200, Rutherford, Napa Valley Estate Grown

Black fruit is rich, intense and well-structured with fine, soft, lingering tannins on the finish. The wine bursts with berries, ripen cherry and strawberry. Full-bodied and again, superbly enhanced with those lovely, velvety tannins.

The wine was opened about 30 minutes before my first tasting. Another 30 minutes and the nose intensified with cedar notes, roasted coffee bean and tantalizing chocolate, which also comes through nicely on the palate.

From the winery:

After several dry seasons, January 2009 started in similar fashion. February brought some storms, but the remainder of the year was short on rain. This was good for flavor development and also served to moderate the vine yields. After nice spring conditions, June brought average temperatures, while July really turned up the heat for 2 weeks, which was followed by some hot days in August. All of this led to wine with good structure and intensity.

The fruit was harvested in the cool morning hours, and then crushed to tank where fermentation commenced after a brief period of resting on skins. Warm fermentation temperatures were encouraged to achieve the desired color and structure for the wine before an extended maceration time on skins prior to final pressing. The wine as transferred directly to barrel for 22 months of maturation.

In France, the Skalli family produces wines from the Rhone, Provence and the Languedoc. Robert Skalli is owner and Chairman of the Board of Skalli Family Wines Americas. He traveled to Napa Valley and saw similarities between it and the Languedoc. In 1982 the family purchased Dollarhide Ranch in Napa Valley, and built the winery on a second estate in Rutherford. St. Supéry Vineyards and Estates opened in 1989.

Not inexpensive at $40 to $50 per bottle. Think of it as priced for pleasure or a gift worth giving.

Pronunciations (say it as you see it, no accent marks):

● Chateauneuf-du-Pape: Sha-tow-noof doo Pop (Sha as in sha-zam, not as in shaw) (tow as in tow a car) (doo as in do a task) (Pop as in soda pop)

● Languedoc: Long-eh-duck

● Merlot: Mare-low

● Provence: Pro-vawnse

● Roussillon: Roo-see-own

Ten Things You Don’t Know About Merlot (video)

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2 comments for “St. Supéry Merlot Rutherford Estate Vineyard 2009: Loving Merlot Again? Why You Should

  1. clyde
    October 5, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    I have been a big fan of St. Supery since their beginning. I don’t think they make anything but really good wines.

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