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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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  • Terlato Family Vineyards Rutherford Reflection Cabernet Premiere Napa 2010


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    Wine review by tl laguna

  • Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Sauvignon C.c. Ranch Rutherford Napa 2012


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    Wine review by Liandra160

  • Exzellenz" Sacrashe Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012


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    Wine review by Teppo

  • Yep, Inglenook is in Rutherford and To Kalon is in Oakville. Gustave Neibaum bought the Rutherford property in 1867 and started Inglenook Winery. A year later Hamilton Crabb purchased 240 acres in Oakville. He planted 130 acres naming it Hermosa Vineyards. He later, in 1877, renamed it To Kalon. Lots of ownership changes between the two properti... Read More

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  • DM, let me start with your #2  Cult Napa Cabs.This thread got my curiosity ... ... Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford $571 Schrader Cellars CCS Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $537 Bryant Family Vineyard Pritchard Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $517 Abreu Vineyard 'Thorevilos' Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $51... Read More

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  • I accepted a new job yesterday therefore we opened a 2009 McGah Family ... ... Cellars-Scarlett Cab from Rutherford. We decanted it for a little over an hour and the nose was still a little muted. As we continued to slowly enjoy this excellent wine it continued to open up. At two hours the nose was awesome with lots of fruit and blackberries. ... Read More

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  • I've been anxious to try some Windy Oaks NG I'm noticing a lot of ... ... that with a '14 Apsara Rutherford Sauv Blanc which sported sweet fruit, lychee and lemon curd. Of course we needed a red with the meat. This '11 Carlisle Grand Noir was a lot of fun. Deep dark fruit, middling texture and zippy acidity made it a hit with the steaks. Grand... Read More

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  • Robert Biale Vineyards Petite Sirah "Royal Punishers" Rutherford 2013


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    Wine review by Mr Dolce

  • Frog's Leap Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2012


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    Wine review by Mr Dolce

  • Emmolo Napa Valley Merlot 2012


    Outstanding Merlot! Big and lush with ripe fruit and big alcohol. Fantastic smoothness with some very good structure. This would give Duckhorn or Shafer Merlots a run for their money. This is another example of Merlot done the right way! Cheers! Read More

    Wine review by Stallion

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