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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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • Rubicon Estate

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

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Rutherford on Snooth

  • Etude Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1997

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  • Tor Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 4 2001

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  • Hourglass Merlot Napa Valley Blueline 2006

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  • Thanks for updating--that happens too rarely. Goldeneye is a little more ... a group that includes me, Rutherford HIll winery's parking lot is just a bit to the southeast and upslope--the winery is Terlato owned and I don't love the wines, but worth it for the view Read More

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  • I see that you are from Texas, Irma.  So, I will try to discuss options ... Oakville bottling or the BV Rutherford bottling.  Oakville and Rutherford are both subregions of the Napa Valley.  I am going to break my "Napa Valley" recommendation and also suggest the Beringer Cab from Knight's Valley  (in Sonoma County) for, usually, a tad less th... Read More

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  • Pine Ridge Rutherford 2003

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    If you're holding a 2003, go ahead and drink it. I wouldn't hold much linger. I've been drinking off this case since 2008. Really evolved. Tannins have greatly softened. I'm tasting serious Black fruits. Cassis. Slight jamminess. Pretty delicious. I think well drink the last two bottles. Cheers! Read More

    Wine review by Tamo


  • Freemark Abbey Chardonnay Napa 2011

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    Pretty big nose with multiple tropical fruit aromas--banana, pineapple. Pineapple, especially, hits the initial palate. I love the acid tartness that sort of continues the pineapple thing, but then morphs more to tart green apple. A very refreshing wine. US$18.49 at Costco in Chino Hills. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Clone 4 Signet Collection 2009

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    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Jr Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 2009

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    Intense, full-bodied, concentrated dark berries with undertones of vanilla, tobacco, sage and a hint of anise. Finishes with notes of black olives and soft spice. Somewhat young, but delectable nonetheless. The depth and intensity suggest that this wine will develop beautifully for years to come. Drink now through 2020. Read More

    Wine review by Tempranillovino


  • Alpha Omega Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2009

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    Wine review by Mr Dolce


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