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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...

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Merlot

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

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  • 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 ...

  • Staglin Family Vineyard

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

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  • Snowden Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2010


    Great Cab. Read More

    Wine review by calywa

  • Peju Province Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Reserve Estate Bottled 2005


    Somewhat murky prune color in the glass. Fairly complex noseoaky vanilla, tarry, green herb. Initial (may have been biased by the color), raisin, dried currant. Considerable mineral or graphite mid-to-rear palate. Tannins are, presumably, quite resolved. Acid adds refreshness and really helps, but an unfortunate bitterness (alcohol?) detrac... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Rutherford Ranch Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc 2013


    One of the best Sauvingnon Blanc wines on the market. Please add to your site for purchase, I will buy by the cases. It's that good! Definitely 5 wine glasses! Thank you Read More

    Wine review by nurseking24

  • Unlimited Pours of 7 Wines with DinnerRegister ... traditionally red region of Rutherford, Calif., paid off big. Experience what is possibly the finest expression of Sauvignon Blanc in the Napa Valley. Tasting Notes: A clean, polished beauty featuring intense flavors of tropical fruit and citrus, with floral and mineral notes.Chateau St. Jean, ... Read More

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  • Hey guys - I've rather busy as you know.  The NWC Italian Night and we ... Cabernet Sauvignon2012 BV Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon2012 Cascina Morassino Merlot Langhe2011 Seghesio Old Vine Zinfandel2012 Buhler Russian River Valley Zinfandel2010 Jacob's Creek Shiraz Reserve2012 Delaforce Duoro2011 Bodega Norton Malbec Reserva2013 Kaiken Malbec R... Read More

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  • St. Supéry Napa Valley Rutherford Estate Vineyard Merlot 2010


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    Wine review by eyetalian

  • Quivet Cellars Mcgah Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2015


    Fairly pale yellow color. Quite fruity on the nosepear, banana. Fruitiness is not as obvious on the tongue, but I do get some pear and some tropical hintsagain banana. Some herbal hints mid- to rear palate. Not as acidic as most contemporary California SBs seem to be and, again, thankfully, no overpowering grapefruit flavor. Maybe that fad ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Artesa Cabernet Sauvignon Morisoli-Borges Vineyard Rutherford 2012


    Blackberry preserves and molasses on the nose with red licorice and dark berries and spice. This almost has a dessert quality to it with dark chocolate and espresso notes but this is a dry wine. Rich and spicy and full of acidity and brown sugar notes towards the finish, this is a true treat and ends with a load of dark earth elegance. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Din't give it anotger thought RCKR, I had a brain fart.Back on topic, MJET ... ...  especially the Rutherford (GIII). The Petite Sirah was nice as wel Read More

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  • MJET - Here's a list of wines that are currently out there (out of ... ... ... Leap "Estate" Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon***2012 Keenan Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon***2012 Amapola Creek Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon* Price vary widely - $50 - $70**Pre-arrival costs may be lower than store front costs***I've had or have them in my cellar... Read More

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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...

    Comment by 1565818khakli1029 1565818 khakli1029

  • 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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