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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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  • Honig Rutherford Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Front Label
    Honig Rutherford Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2017
    Sauvignon Blanc from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Whitehall Lane Sauvignon Blanc 2017  Front Label
    Whitehall Lane Sauvignon Blanc 2017
    Sauvignon Blanc from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Foley Johnson Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Foley Johnson Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Long Meadow Ranch Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Front Label
    Long Meadow Ranch Sauvignon Blanc 2017
    Sauvignon Blanc from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Nickel & Nickel Quarry Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel Quarry Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Alea Fina Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Alea Fina Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Frog's Leap Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Frog's Leap Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Quintessa  2017  Front Label
    Quintessa 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Frog's Leap Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Front Label
    Frog's Leap Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2017
    Sauvignon Blanc from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Nickel & Nickel Quicksilver Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel Quicksilver Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Nickel & Nickel DeCarle Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel DeCarle Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Nickel & Nickel C.C. Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Nickel & Nickel C.C. Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Kale McGah Vineyard Rose 2017  Front Label
    Kale McGah Vineyard Rose 2017
    Rosé from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
    • WW92
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