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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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  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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  • Rubicon Estate

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

  • Sawyer Cellars

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

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  • Myriad Semillon Mcgah Family Vineyard Napa Valley 2015

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    Clear pale yellow in color. Fresh fruited nose. On the tongue a lot of stone fruitpeach, apricot, tropical fruitbanana, pineapple. Some bitterness on the rear palate. Excellent bright acidity. Very satisfying aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Snowden Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2010

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    Great Cab. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Peju Province Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Reserve Estate Bottled 2005

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    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

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    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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    No written review

    Wine review by eyetalian


  • Quivet Cellars Mcgah Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2015

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    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

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    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

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  • 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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