Terlato Wines, a leading marketer of luxury wines in the United States, has engaged the esteemed wine consultant Michel Rolland for Rutherford Hill Winery in Napa Valley, including Terlato Family Vineyards and its flagship brand EPISODE. Mr. Rolland, the foremost wine consultant in the world, will work with the Rutherford Hill winemaking team to take its wines to the next level of excellence.
Rolland is a Bordeaux-based oenologist, winemaker, vineyard owner and consultant. He has more than 40 years of winemaking experience, and has worked with a veritable “who’s who” of wine brands around the world. It has been said that his client roster reads like an oenophile's wish list of must-have wines. Mr. Rolland graduated from the famed Bordeaux Oenology Institute and is known for his far-reaching influence in the global wine industry. His use of technological advancements in viticulture and winemaking to elevate the quality of wine is unmatched in the industry.
“In the last five years, our Rutherford Hill Winery has produced its best wines since our 1996 acquisition of the winery,” said Terlato Wines Chairman Anthony Terlato. “The next step is to produce wines at the same level as the wines we are privileged to market. We both share exacting standards for quality and a vision for Rutherford Hill Winery to produce world-class wines.”
“I welcome the opportunity to work with the Terlato family and the Rutherford Hill winemaking team,” said Rolland. “Our shared ideals and vision for the wines of Rutherford Hill will make it a pleasure to lend my expertise and advice to the winemaking team.”
Since purchasing Rutherford Hill Winery in 1996, the Terlato family has invested in management, and vineyards, also in the winery, cellar systems, and equipment, with the purpose of assisting Winemaker Marisa Taylor and Doug Fletcher, Terlato’s vice president of Winemaking, to quote Michel Rolland, "to produce world-class wines." The Terlato family and the Rutherford Hill winemaking team welcome Rolland’s knowledgeable perspective, well-developed palate and broad span of reference based on his diverse clientele around the world.