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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 Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • 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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  • 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 ...

  • Quintessa Winery

    THE ESTATE "In 1989, Valeria and I found the property that would become Quintessa, a remarkabl...

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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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  • Alpha Omega Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2008


    drink 2011-2031 $67.00 Read More

    Wine review by hlgolding

  • Greg, the BV was their Napa Valley bottling.  It was $11 at Costco. ... ... had better success with the Rutherford bottlin Read More

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  • Same from me - Merry Christmas.EMark - problem is that BV. Their lower end ... ... ... OTOH, if you pick up the Rutherford, which is the bottling next up, it's actually a very credible version of a Rutherford Cab. Price is all over the map though - I usually get it for around $20 but that's when it's on sale somewhere.  More commonly it's in t... Read More

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  • Michael-Scott Cabernet Sauvignon 2002



    Wine review by mqwineguy13

  • DM, your description of the the malady that has hit your office sounds exactly ... earthiness--dare I say "Rutherford Dust?"  Tannin is almost fully resolved.  Not the biggest CS I've ever had, but that is not a bad thing.  I'm a happy campe Read More

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  • Rubicon Cask Cabernet Sauvignon 2007


    Very oaky nose of vanilla with some leather, and a hint of sweet berries. On the tongue, there is a light hit of CS cassis, but it is pretty subtle. Mid-palate earthiness, and that is where the tannin hits. This is not a big tannic wine. It takes a while for them to appear, but they are not, yet, completely resolved. Good acid supporting th... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Terlato Family Vineyards Rutherford Reflection Cabernet Premiere Napa 2010


    Excellent Read More

    Wine review by tl laguna

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