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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...

  • 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...

  • 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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  • 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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  • Aiken Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Napa Valley 2011

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    Joel Aiken spent 27 years making wine for Beaulieu Vineyards before leaving to start his eponymous label. His third release of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Morisoli Vineyard, surrounded on three sides by Inglenook, is a successful portrait of both site and vintage. Its dark ruby in the glass with aromas of tart red and black cherries, cinnamon, s... Read More

    Wine review by Fred Swan


  • Mira Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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    Wine review by Mira Winery


  • Mira Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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    This wine is smooth and bold and has definitely become a favorite of mine. I highly recommend it. Read More

    Wine review by Mira Winery


  • Peju Province Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2003

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    Fairly oaky viney nose. For a cab a very big hit of upfront fruit, and not the typical currant fruit. Rather more like a Pinot with cherries and raspberries. Im thinking that I am getting alcohol sweetness. Definitely getting alcohol flavors on the back of the palate. I think this one has fallen apart, its pretty disjoint. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Trader Moon Cabernet Sauvignon Velvet Moon California 2011

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    Well balanced. Medium mouthfeel for a cab. Red fruit. Would recommend. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • St. Supery Cabernet Sauvignon Dollarhide Elevation 2010

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    Juicy blackberry and black cherry, dusty tannins; and long, fruity finish with earthy spices. Read More

    Wine review by cgplayer9


  • ET phoned home.This fellow is not the same Montoya. He is a young local NorCal ... It was a sub label made at Rutherford Ranch Winery in St Helena. Fruit sourced from around the state, mostly sub-$15 bottles of Cab, PN, Zin and Char Read More

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  • This one rates as a weekend wine but today is Thursday. Had lunch with the ... ... ... Montoya, today at the Rutherford Grill. That was the only thing that went right with my day from hell. At least until we opened this wine. 60% Syrah, 35% Grenache, 5% Mourvèdre from the Sonoma Coast, thinking Petaluma Gap. Really has the whole package here.... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Sullivan Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by polesm


  • Soquel Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Cruz Mountains 2010

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    Decent cabernet. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


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