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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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  • Pestoni Rutherford Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Pestoni Rutherford Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    • Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
      Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
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    • Sullivan Rutherford Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
      Sullivan Rutherford Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
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      • Sloan Proprietary Red 2012 Front Label
        Sloan Proprietary Red 2012
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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      • Quintessa (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
        Quintessa (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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      • Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (torn labels) 2012 Front Label
        Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (torn labels) 2012
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      • Inglenook Rubicon 2012 Front Label
        Inglenook Rubicon 2012
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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      • Santo Stefano Cabernet Sauvignon 2012  Front Label
        Santo Stefano Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
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        • Pina Napa Valley Firehouse Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
          Pina Napa Valley Firehouse Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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          • Promise The Love Pinot Noir 2012  Front Label
            Promise The Love Pinot Noir 2012
            Pinot Noir from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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            • Staglin Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
              Staglin Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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            • Hall Exzellenz Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
              Hall Exzellenz Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
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              • Promise Cabernet Sauvignon 2012  Front Label
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                • Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Double Plus 2012  Front Label
                  Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Double Plus 2012
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                  • Quintessa  2012 Front Label
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                    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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