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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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  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Syrah

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

  • 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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  • Sawyer Cellars

    In the heart of Napa Valley exists a charming, family-owned winery and estate dating back to the ...

  • Staglin Family Vineyard

    We Staglins are a family that enjoys wine and cares deeply about philanthropy. Each person in our...

  • Quintessa Winery

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

  • Rubicon Estate

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

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  • Exactly my problem DV!! That's why everything is unclear to me.Diego - in ... ... Trailside is a Cab from Rutherford. I've had it side by side with the Martha's and I'm not sure that I'd describe it as "brighter". But to each his own.The truth is, it's really hard to describe what we tast Read More

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  • "For example, I would never mix white and red wines as that can't ... ... ... say, four Cabs each from Rutherford, Oakville, and Howell, or four Chianti/Sangiovese wines each from say, Classico, Ruffino, and Carmignano, or like the tasting I did last week of Ribera del Duero vs Napa."Seeing that this was a Beginner/Introduction to blind tastin... Read More

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  • Al - blind tasting is a great way to learn. However, it's better if you ... ... say, four Cabs each from Rutherford, Oakville, and Howell, or four Chianti/Sangiovese wines each from say, Classico, Ruffino, and Carmignano, or like the tasting I did last week of Ribera del Duero vs Napa.One of the reasons I don't think many people who talk about... Read More

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  • Apsara Sauvignon Blanc Rivers Reach 2013

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    Very floweryhoneysucklenose. In fact, I might add honey to that olfactory description. Quite fruit-filled on the tongue. Lots of tropical fruitpineapple, bananaand, again, honey or caramel. Acid on the back end keeps this from being a fruit bomb. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Sequoia Grove Cambium 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Reserve 2011

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    Broad spectrum of berry flavor. Full bodied and smooth finish. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Provenance Vineyards Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2012

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    Fruity with notes of lychee. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Rutherford Hill Cab 2002

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    No written review

    Wine review by erickafilm


  • Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Bosché Vineyard 1980

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    I was gifted this wine by my brother-in-law who found it at an estate sale. So, provenance is questionable. This wine is clearly well on the downward slope. Initial impression is that it is pretty flaccid and a bit tart. Subsequent tastes, though, seem to say to me that there is nothing really all that bad about it. The tartness does seem to... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Provenance Sauvignon Blanc Rutherford 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by Liandra160


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