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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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  • El Molino Rutherford Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
    El Molino Rutherford Chardonnay 2009
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      • Illumination Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Front Label
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        • David Arthur Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Front Label
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          • Honig  Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Front Label
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            • Round Pond Sauvignon Blanc 2009  Front Label
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              • John Robert Eppler Wines Fume Blanc 2009 Front Label
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                • Long Meadow Ranch Rutherford Ranch Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Front Label
                  Long Meadow Ranch Rutherford Ranch Sauvignon Blanc 2009
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                • Azur Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Front Label
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