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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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  • Cabernet Franc

    History of the grape: References to it in the Loire region of France date as far back as the mid 12th century. But it...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

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  • Sawyer Cellars

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

  • Rubicon Estate

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

  • Hewitt Vineyard

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

  • Staglin Family Vineyard

    We Staglins are a family that enjoys wine and cares deeply about philanthropy. Each person in our...

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  • Sullivan Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 2007

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    Wine review by polesm


  • Soquel Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Cruz Mountains 2010

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    Decent cabernet. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • OT - About 8 hours ago you recommended a Syrah to me (in the Weekend Wine ... ... I also picked up a 2011 BV Rutherford Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon for about $26.  I know I will like this one to Read More

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  • Rhiannon 2010

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    Wine review by calywa


  • What a bunch of slackers!Opened at lunch at the Rutherford Grill. Finished off at home with dinner. Nose of plums, blackberry, Chinese 5-spice, chalk, tobacco and oak. Bold but energetic mouth of rich dark red and blue fruit. Nice length, sharp chewy tannins and black pepper round out the finish. A real pleasure with many good years ahead. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Bosché Vineyard 1999

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    What a great vintage and what a fine wine. Really enjoyed this wine. Dark dark color, sexy and sleek. The nose is full of dark fruits and currents. The finish is so smooth and sexy it just makes you crave for more. Had this with an awesome medium rare fillet and a side of grilled pinnaple for fun. The rich meat was such a good compliment t... Read More

    Wine review by jescobio


  • We are members of Sunce Winery (Santa Rosa - Croatian winemaker, lots of very ... member), Cakebread Cellars (Rutherford - mainstream winery now, fairly pricey, but I have been a member for many years), White Oak Winery (Healdsburg - good wines and lots of wine club events like crab feeds and lobster lunches), as well as Saintsbury.We love Son... Read More

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  • Rutherford Hill Syrah 2004

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    2007 Read More

    Wine review by Teppo


  • Rutherford Hill Malbec 2005

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    Wine review by Teppo


  • Funny emark.I really like Qupe and think their basic Central Coast bottling is ... is ... Claret, Raymond, BV Rutherford - all good stuff but all more expensive these days.Anyhow, you should do the visit if it's on the way. He's good people too - I see him once a year in NYC when he pours for his distributor her Read More

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