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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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  • Scarecrow M. Etain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Scarecrow M. Etain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Carr Rutherford Red Blend 2012 Front Label
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  • Quintessa  2012 Front Label
    Quintessa 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Raymond Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Raymond Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
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  • Round Pond Estate Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Round Pond Estate Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    St. Supery Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Quintessa (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
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  • Schrader Beckstoffer Georges III Vyd. Cabernet Sauvignon 2012  Front Label
    Schrader Beckstoffer Georges III Vyd. Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
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  • Frog's Leap Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2012 Front Label
    Frog's Leap Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • William Harrison Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
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    • William Harrison Simpatico 2012 Front Label
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    • Frisson Wines Georges III Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
      Frisson Wines Georges III Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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      Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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    • Round Pond Estate Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon (375ML) 2012 Front Label
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    • Staglin Salus Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
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      Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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      • Freemark Abbey Sycamore Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
        Freemark Abbey Sycamore Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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      • Round Pond Rutherford Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
        Round Pond Rutherford Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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      • William Harrison Estate Cabernet Franc 2012 Front Label
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      • Quintessa (3 Liter Bottle) 2012 Front Label
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      • Beaulieu Vineyard Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
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      • Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
        Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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        • Elyse Morisoli Vineyard Zinfandel 2012 Front Label
          Elyse Morisoli Vineyard Zinfandel 2012
          Zinfandel from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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