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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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  • Pine Ridge Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
    Pine Ridge Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    • Sloan Proprietary Red 2002 Front Label
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    • Quintessa (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002 Front Label
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    • Staglin 20th Anniversary Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
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    • Heitz Cellar Trailside Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
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      • Beringer Quarry Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
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        • Quintessa (375ML half-bottle) 2002 Front Label
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        • Etude Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
          Etude Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
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        • Staglin 20th Anniversary Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002 Front Label
          Staglin 20th Anniversary Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002
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        • Modicum Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
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          • Delectus Sacrashe Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
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            • Quintessa Red 2002  Front Label
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              • Frank Family Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2002  Front Label
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                • Honig  Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2002 Front Label
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                  • Voss Vineyards Ocala Syrah 2002 Front Label
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                    • Merryvale Beckstoffer Vineyard Clone Six Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
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                      • Slaughterhouse Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
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                        • Sullivan Vineyards Merlot 2002 Front Label
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                            • Sullivan Vineyards Coeur de Vigne 2002 Front Label
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                              • Elyse Morisoli Vineyard Zinfandel 2002  Front Label
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                                • Sequoia Grove Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
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