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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 2016  Front Label
    Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    Frog's Leap Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    Scarecrow M. Etain Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
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  • Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016 Front Label
    Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Quintessa  2016  Front Label
    Quintessa 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Frog's Leap Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2016 Front Label
    Frog's Leap Merlot (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Merlot from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Nickel & Nickel Quicksilver Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel Quicksilver Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Nickel & Nickel C.C. Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016  Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel C.C. Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Inglenook Rubicon (375ML half-bottle) 2016  Front Label
    Inglenook Rubicon (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Frog's Leap Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016 Front Label
    Frog's Leap Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    Quintessa (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Nickel & Nickel Quarry Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel Quarry Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Staglin Chardonnay 2016 Front Label
    Staglin Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Schrader Beckstoffer Georges III Vyd. Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Front Label
    Schrader Beckstoffer Georges III Vyd. Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    Schrader Cellar Pack (6 bottles in OWC) 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    • Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016  Front Label
      Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    • Staglin Cabernet Sauvignon (375ml half-bottle) 2016  Front Label
      Staglin Cabernet Sauvignon (375ml half-bottle) 2016
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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      • Sloan Proprietary Red 2016  Front Label
        Sloan Proprietary Red 2016
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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      • Quintessa (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016  Front Label
        Quintessa (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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      • Myriad Cellars Beckstoffer Georges III Empyrean Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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        • Myriad Cellars Beckstoffer Georges III Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
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          • Nickel & Nickel C.C. Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
            Nickel & Nickel C.C. Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
            • WW93
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