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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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    Duckhorn Rutherford Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
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    • William Harrison Estate Cabernet Franc 2011 Front Label
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        • Freemark Abbey Bosche Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
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            • Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
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            • Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 2011 Front Label
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              • Staglin Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
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              • Santo Stefano Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
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                • Frog's Leap Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
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                  • El Molino Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
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                    • Staglin Salus Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
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                      • Nickel & Nickel Quarry Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
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                        • Hall Exzellenz Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
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                            • Adobe Road Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
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                                • Sloan Proprietary Red 2011 Front Label
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                                  • Foley Johnson Estate Rutherford Meritage 2011 Front Label
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                                  • Myriad Cellars Beckstoffer Georges III Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
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