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Just to the south of St. Helena lies Rutherford, the historic home to the old Inglenook estate and Beaulieu Vineyards and arguably the greatest spot in the country to grow Cabernet Sauvignon, though I will argue with this proposition in just a minute. Rutherford has even spawned perhaps America’s only contribution to the lexicon of wine tasting, the mysterious “Rutherford dust”, that dusty, dusky note that can merge in old California Cabernet. Rutherford occupies the heart of the Napa Valley floor. Roughly square shaped the area is at the crossroads of the valley, benefitting from some maritime influence and fog yet enjoying moderately warm average daily temperatures. There are distinct differences however between the Eastern and Western halves of the AVA. In the west the valley floor is shaded by the Mayacamas range, resulting in cooler afternoon temperatures as well as less fog in the morning. The soil here is predominantly volcanic runoff from the mountains. In contrast the Eastern side of the Read more »

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  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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  • Quintessa Winery

    THE ESTATE "In 1989, Valeria and I found the property that would become Quintessa, a remarkabl...

  • Sawyer Cellars

    In the heart of Napa Valley exists a charming, family-owned winery and estate dating back to the ...

  • Hewitt Vineyard

    The site that is now Hewitt Vineyard was first planted to vines in 1880, when Dennis Hanrahan bou...

  • Rubicon Estate

    Situated in Rutherford, one of the premier Cabernet Sauvignon growing regions in California, the ...

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  • If you are a third generation wine family, I shame you for marketing this despicable example of wine, You are obviously trying to re-coop your investment from a complete failure in wine making. After three generations what did you you do to make such a bad, bad bottle of wine? For the public information I am referring to Grand Pacific 2014 Red W...

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  • I purchased a bottle of Grand Pacific 2014 Red Wine, (Rutherford Wine Company) I am 66 years old and have not had a wine this bad since I tried Ripple in the early 1070's. If you pay more then $2.99 for this wine you paid too much! This was the worst wine I have ever tasted and is NOT palatable. If you are a wino and looking for a cheap buzz, th...

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  • Apsara Sauvignon Blanc Rivers Reach 2014


    Just a fantastic Napa Sauv Blanc from Apsara. This is not about grapefruit but more subtle and balanced citrus and stone fruit. There's plenty of nice ripe white peach, green melon, a hint of lime, a touch of grassiness, medium acidity and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • St. Supéry Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2009


    This Cab is deep dark and vibrant. It has immediate intense aromas of sweet juicy black cherries and bitter chocolate with a slight peppery slap on the nose. On the palate it explodes with fruits of overripe berries and plum. There is a mild sweetness that lingers with a fullness that never wants to end. This wine is rich and wonderfully mor... Read More

    Wine review by 40somethinglife

  • Tess Napa Valley Proprietary Red Blend NV


    A Lot 18 Seasonal Selection; NV '...blend of several different grapes, mostly red, but with some Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay...' Pretty interesting. Had this after a Chardonnay and found this one bright, but with some very nice oak/cedar notes. This is the description from the Winery which rings true to me '... a delightful, refreshing wine ... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Exactly my problem DV!! That's why everything is unclear to me.Diego - in ... ... Trailside is a Cab from Rutherford. I've had it side by side with the Martha's and I'm not sure that I'd describe it as "brighter". But to each his own.The truth is, it's really hard to describe what we tast Read More

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  • "For example, I would never mix white and red wines as that can't ... ... ... say, four Cabs each from Rutherford, Oakville, and Howell, or four Chianti/Sangiovese wines each from say, Classico, Ruffino, and Carmignano, or like the tasting I did last week of Ribera del Duero vs Napa."Seeing that this was a Beginner/Introduction to blind tastin... Read More

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  • Al - blind tasting is a great way to learn. However, it's better if you ... ... say, four Cabs each from Rutherford, Oakville, and Howell, or four Chianti/Sangiovese wines each from say, Classico, Ruffino, and Carmignano, or like the tasting I did last week of Ribera del Duero vs Napa.One of the reasons I don't think many people who talk about... Read More

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  • Apsara Sauvignon Blanc Rivers Reach 2013


    Very floweryhoneysucklenose. In fact, I might add honey to that olfactory description. Quite fruit-filled on the tongue. Lots of tropical fruitpineapple, bananaand, again, honey or caramel. Acid on the back end keeps this from being a fruit bomb. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Sequoia Grove Cambium 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by Mr Dolce

  • Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Reserve 2011


    Broad spectrum of berry flavor. Full bodied and smooth finish. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce

  • Provenance Vineyards Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2012


    Fruity with notes of lychee. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce

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