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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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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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...

  • 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...

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  • 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

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    "HIGHLY RECOMMENDED" AND 92 POINTS! FROM THE WINE ENTHUSIAST MAGAZINE. Read More

    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

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    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

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  • 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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