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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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  • 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 ...

  • Sawyer Cellars

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

    Forum post in the topic Beckmen Vineyards in Los Olivos


  • Tres Sabores Rutherford Perspective Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

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    Tight on the nose with gentle suggestions of flowers, sweet mint and subtle toasted oak spice. Smooth, rich and polished in the mouth with a supple, slightly chewy feel to it. The fruit is generous and fills the palate with crushed blackberry and black currant flavors but this comes off as a touch simple with jammy and candied licorice tones on ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Sullivan Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Napa Valley 2010

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    Very fine layered aromas of violets, mint, integrated wood spice, black currants and a very fine hint of bell pepper greets the nose. Tight and reticent in the mouth, this does show great balance and good freshness to the fruit with the oak playing a lovely supporting role but the wine remains rather tightly coiled on the palate. The balance is ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Peju Province Winery Zinfandel Rutherford Estate Bottled 2007

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    Delicious!!! Read More

    Wine review by angelitaher


  • Gwen, I agree that the BV Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon is a good wine--and 2010 is an excellent vintage year.  So, you can't hardly go wrong with your choice.Darren is a recent Snoother, and he has made some excellent suggestions regarding Italian wines.  I am a California bigot, but there is no denying the greatness if Italian wines--both in j... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Forty below zero last week up here in the great northern tundra required some ... some big reds-had a great BV Rutherford Cab 2010 the other day as a treat, and have also found some really nice decently cheap zins-the most recent was a four vines zin.Always looking for new suggestions as well! I've been wanting to explore some Italian reds rec... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Freemark Abbey Chardonnay Napa Valley 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by c3inoc


  • Frank Family Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Rutherford 2010

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    very juicy , lots of berries , great full body and always great , dry finish .Its a big boy for sure Thats how Californian wine should be . Read More

    Wine review by Piotr Swieboda


  • Handwritten Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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    Fleshy with plum skin and fine grained tannin. Loads of blackberry and plum. Fruit skins, char and earth. 91 pts. 9/20/13 at Handwritten Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Elyse Zinfandel Napa Valley Morisoli Vineyard 2009

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    Lots of sage, cranberry and pomegranate. Nice. 86 pts.10/25/13 at winery Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


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