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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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  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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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  • 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...

  • Rubicon Estate

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

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  • As I mentioned in various posts, I had a good time helping some friends plan ... that price! So was the 2013 Rutherford Ranch Cabernet, but that probably brought up the rear in overall quality/complexity.2014 Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc - As mentioned above, plenty serviceable, I've published TN's here and on CT so you can find them there. The s... Read More

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  • Fox, the Schram Mirabelle is up there with the worst wines I've tasted! ... $28 (2 cases)Cabernet: 2013 Rutherford Ranch $15 (2 cases)That's over a hundred bottles. Luckily the Dog Point is screw cap...pretty sure the rest are under cork but haven't checked the Cab's closure yet, and that's the only one that we didn't taste against other wines... Read More

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  • Doesn't sound promising if they don't have Rutherford Ranch listed...Here's a pic for your reference  Read More

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  • JonDerry - I'm looking through my distributor catalogues for Rutherford Ranch, I only saw a Rutherford and a Rutherford Vintners , I'm wondering if the one listed as just Rutherford is the Rutherford Ranch I'll ask the salesperson. Seems like you strongly recommend this one and I could always use another good California Cabernet About the French... Read More

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  • Definitely 2nd Spain - CVNE if you can pull off the Crianza and Rioja Blanc ... ... suggestions...Napa Cab - Rutherford Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon - A must!Napa Chard - Heitz Chardonnay- Think this is still $20 or less!CA Bubbles - Roederer Esta Read More

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  • Sullivan Vineyards Merlot Rutherford 2000

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    I've had several bottles from this vintage and have found them to be hit or miss. When they hit, as this one did last night, you have wonderful notes of violet, stewed meats, graphite and black licorice. I think we drink wines too young and I too am often guilty, so it's nice to grab something with a little age on it from time to time. Held up f... Read More

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  • You didn't mention whether you like red or white, dry or sweet, but the ... the ... Sauvignon - 2013 Rutherford Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon: Good for beginners and experienced vets alike!Chardonnay - I'll have to think about this.Sauvignon Blanc - 2014 Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc: Just trust m Read More

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  • Heya Red, some potential issues with Meomi would be that the wines are ... are ... ... are the exceptions, but Rutherford (freaking) Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon! Also tips the scales at under $20. I should be buying cases of that stuff for my 40th birthday blowout.&nbs Read More

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  • Here's the funny thing:  For just a minute, Napa Ridge Cab was made ... ... saying, so and so wine, Rutherford/Calistoga/Healdsburg/Sebastopol means nothing at all. "Bottled in" means nothing, produced in somewhere... all nothing. Only thing regulated is the use of the AVA on the front.  And I am willing to bet that every AVA has crappy viney... Read More

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  • Good distinction. If someone else pours, I may drink a lot of stuff I ... ... brands called Napa Ridge, Rutherford Winery, etc., that used grapes from hundreds of miles away. Some brands were allowed to do that and when rules tightened, they were grandfathered in but in 2000 the law changed and it was mandated that if you label a wine with a g... Read More

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