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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 Sauvignon

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Merlot

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

  • Zinfandel

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

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  • Staglin Family Vineyard

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

  • Hewitt Vineyard

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

  • 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 ...

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Rutherford on Snooth

  • Beran California Zinfandel 2012

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    Red lovers heaven. I love Zinfandel and this one is so full of spice, fruit and earthiness you must try it. It speaks BBQ. Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105


  • Back to Napa. Started today with a visit to Jean Edwards Cellars tasting ... Gasperina Sauvignon Blanc (Rutherford)2014 Cooper's Cuvee (new release)2013 Petite Sirah (Calistoga)2013 74-41 Cabernet Sauvignon2012 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon G3 (Georges iii vineyard - Beckstoffer) Steve was a great host and the wines were all very good, especia... Read More

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  • Day 3, just when you thought it couldn't get any better. Yesterday was ... with Swanson Vineyards in Rutherford but still producing his own "Apsara" label. As gracious a host as ever, he poured us two syrahs (one Northern Rhone style and the other a whole cluster wild yeast ferment) as well as his two cabs one of which was a Napa Valley with gr... Read More

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  • I must mention the joys of Rutherford Vintners Pinot Noir, Napa!I JUST DRANK 2012 AND IT IS WONDERFUL INDEED!   It was a very good year!  Check out RUTERFORD VINTNERS, here on SNOOTH. Read More

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  • It was a beautiful 70 degree day yesterday in South Florida! This was the first ... with a touch of that classic Rutherford Dust.&nbs Read More

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  • Provenance Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 2013

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    Fairly light nose of some cassis fruit. Predictably, there is cassis on the ... some earthiness. (Is that Rutherford dust?) Fairly sedate tannin and mild acid make this a very easy-drinking Cabernet Sauvignon. Not the biggest, most full-bodied cab Ive ever had, but, really, an enjoyable win Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • In St Helena proper, Hall, Heitz, Corison $, Del Dotto or as the locals call it ... ... Alpha Omega closer to Rutherford. These will likely be open as other small back road labels will be iffy as far as holiday hours go.ACME Fine Wines in St Helena will Coravin a few bottles. Great people, off the beaten path, low production wines.I'll be in t... Read More

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  • Trader Moon Cabernet Sauvignon Velvet Moon California 2011

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    Wine review by Dilbretta


  • Macario, the winemaker, gave me a bottle of that (2013 Campesino Baybos) to try ... when we met for lunch at the Rutherford Grill. I thought it was great. He has a Las Madres Syrah for 2015 that I will not pass on. &nbs Read More

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  • Rutherford Hill Merlot 2013

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    Wine review by pisces7771


  • 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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