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Rutherford Wine Napa Valley, California

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The Rutherford sub-region of Napa Valley centers on the town of Rutherford and covers some of Napa Valley’s finest vineyard real estate, spanning from the Mayacamas in the west, to the Vaca Mountains on the other side of the valley.

Inside of the Rutherford AVA, bordering the Mayacamas, is a stretch of uplands called the Rutherford Bench. (These bench lands technically run the length of Oakville as well). Mountain runoff creates deep, well-drained, alluvial soils on the bench, giving vine roots plenty of reason to permeate deep into the ground. The result is wine with great structure and complexity.

Rutherford Cabernet Sauvingons and Bordeaux Blends garner substantial attention for their enticing fragrances of dusty earth and dried herbs, broad and juicy mid-palates and lush and fine-grained tannins. The sub-appellation claims some of the valley’s most prized vineyards today, namely Caymus, Rubicon and Beckstoffer Georges III.

It is also home to Napa’s most influential and historic personalities. Thomas Rutherford, responsible for the appellation's name, made serious investments here in grape growing and wine production between the years of 1850 to 1880. Gustave Niebaum purchased a large swath of land and completed his winery in 1887, calling it “Inglenook.” Today this remains the oldest bonded winery in California. Georges Latour founded Beaulieu Vineyard in 1900, making it the oldest continuous winery in the state. Latour also hired the famous enologist, André Tchelistcheff, a man credited for single-handedly defining the modern Napa winemaking style.

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  • Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (torn labels) 2012 Front Label
    Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (torn labels) 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Staglin Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
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  • Scarecrow M. Etain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
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  • Raymond Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Raymond Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
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  • Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
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  • Schrader Beckstoffer Georges III Vyd. Cabernet Sauvignon 2012  Front Label
    Schrader Beckstoffer Georges III Vyd. Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Quintessa (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
    Quintessa (375ML half-bottle) 2012
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  • Frog's Leap Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2012 Front Label
    Frog's Leap Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2012
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  • Frog's Leap Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
    Frog's Leap Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2012
    Merlot from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Inglenook Rubicon 2012 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Promise Cabernet Sauvignon 2012  Front Label
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    • Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L Magnum) 2012 Front Label
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    • Promise The Love Pinot Noir 2012  Front Label
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      Pinot Noir from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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      • Adobe Road Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
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        • Staglin Chardonnay 2012 Front Label
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          Chardonnay from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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          • Round Pond Estate Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
            Round Pond Estate Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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          • Frog's Leap Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
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          • Inglenook Rubicon (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
            Inglenook Rubicon (375ML half-bottle) 2012
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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          • Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Double Plus 2012  Front Label
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            • Quintessa  2012 Front Label
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            • Quintessa (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
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            • Nickel & Nickel Quarry Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
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              • Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
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              • Quintessa (3 Liter Bottle) 2012 Front Label
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