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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...

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • Staglin Family Vineyard

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

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  • Georges de Latour Napa Valley Beaulieu Vineyard Private Reserve 1999


    No written review

    Wine review by chang8317

  • Tapestry 1997


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    Wine review by chang8317

  • Beaulieu Bv Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2003


    No written review

    Wine review by chang8317

  • Sanctuary Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Usibelli Vineyards 2003


    I really liked this, after being recomended by a local wine merchants I bought a bottle. If you like big red's this can hold its own, and more complex than most californian reds I have tried (that's not many) So, I bought a case... even my wife liked it, and that's amazing considering its under £20.00. I'll keep a bottle in the rack, but the ot... Read More

    Wine review by Alec

  • Grgich Hills Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 2001


    This was a nice wine. We had it in Nevada City, CA with appetizers. It was not sweet but was not to heady either. It had a nice grape flavor & light berry flavors & perhaps a little woodiness. Read More

    Wine review by lizzy3195

  • Raymond Rutherford Cabernet Us Red 2002


    Had this wine with Italian at Tutto Mundo's in Carmel. It was so smooth, we could have guzzled it...but we didn't. It tasted of cherries & maybe a little berry & vanilla. But it was definitely not overly sweet, nor was it bitter. Read More

    Wine review by lizzy3195

  • Staglin Family Chardonnay Rutherford Salus 2003


    As you can probably tell, I'm a huuuuuuge fan of Staglin. This is my favorite chardonnay. A bit more expensive than your ordinary chardonnay ($40+) but tasty nonetheless. Definitely fruity. Read More

    Wine review by Nebuchadnezzar29

  • Staglin Family Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Salus 2001


    This is the mother bear of the Staglin cabs. Not your everyday wine, I break it out only during special occasions...or when I want to impress my friends, kidding. This bottle retails for $130+ but is worth every penny. A wine you can drink right away, and it will blow you away. I've found that it opens up after at least 15 min and when it do... Read More

    Wine review by Nebuchadnezzar29

  • Staglin Family Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Salus 2003


    Even though this is the baby cab (versus Staglin Cab ex Salus), it is yummy. I have never done the side by side tasting; however, I feel that everything the Staglin family touches turns to gold (in my tummy). Since this is the less expensive of the two ($65ish a bottle I believe), I highly recommend that you drink it although it's like Lay's p... Read More

    Wine review by Nebuchadnezzar29

  • Karl Lawrence Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2003


    No written review

    Wine review by localtalent

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