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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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  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

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  • Apsara Sauvignon Blanc Rivers Reach 2014


    Very pretty clear yellow color. Lots of fresh fruit aromas, but its hard to pin anything down. On the tongue, it is nice to get just a hint of grapefruit instead of that full-on, in-your-face blast that so many SBs seem to have these days. Also, some melon flavor. Some grassiness. Very restrained on the acidspeaks to the control of the grap... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • There were three of us, or actually 2 1/2 since my wife didn't drink much ... Something like Pine Ridge Rutherford, which was actually a pretty good choice but we went through it really fast and I still had lots of burger left. So I popped a 2005 Turley Grist Mill Vnyd Zin. That was good but like I expected, a little past prime.... Read More

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  • Myriad Semillon Mcgah Family Vineyard Napa Valley 2014


    Pale yellow in the glass. Flowery/fruity noseorange blossoms/melon. Quite light on the tongueinitial flavor sensation is honeydew melon. Some sweetness towards the back of the tongue. Also a bit of steely bitterness. Light acid touch but, still, refreshing crispness. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Emmolo Napa Valley Merlot 2012


    Another one from lunch at Marcello's. The Winemaker's notes on seem spot on to me. 'This well-balanced and darkly colored wine evokes the scents of saddle leather, coffee and plum, with traces of smokiness amidst its rich fruit. A smooth entry on the palate leads into ripe flavors of plums, prunes and cocoa, balanced by acidity and a gr... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • I AM BACK!! And what an incredible experience it was... I must thank all of you ... when it comes to the towns.- Rutherford Hill: I recommend it for the overall experience: tasting (great wines) and wonderful views. We didn't have time for the cave tour, but I wanted to do it. Next time.- Caymus: it's hard to pick a favorite, but if I take into... Read More

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  • Etude Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2007


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  • Apsara Sauvignon Blanc Rivers Reach 2014


    Just a fantastic Napa Sauv Blanc from Apsara. This is not about grapefruit but more subtle and balanced citrus and stone fruit. There's plenty of nice ripe white peach, green melon, a hint of lime, a touch of grassiness, medium acidity and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Sawyer Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 2004


    I have three bottles where do I sell them in phoenix and how much are they worth Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • St. Supéry Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2009


    This Cab is deep dark and vibrant. It has immediate intense aromas of sweet juicy black cherries and bitter chocolate with a slight peppery slap on the nose. On the palate it explodes with fruits of overripe berries and plum. There is a mild sweetness that lingers with a fullness that never wants to end. This wine is rich and wonderfully mor... Read More

    Wine review by 40somethinglife

  • Tess Napa Valley Proprietary Red Blend NV


    A Lot 18 Seasonal Selection; NV '...blend of several different grapes, mostly red, but with some Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay...' Pretty interesting. Had this after a Chardonnay and found this one bright, but with some very nice oak/cedar notes. This is the description from the Winery which rings true to me '... a delightful, refreshing wine ... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

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