Nestled between Oakville and St. Helena in Napa Valley, California, the Rutherford AVA produces some of Napa’s finest wines. For Cabernet lovers, this is where to come to taste the rich, opulent, structured cab Napa is famous for. Not surprising, Rutherford wineries also produce delicious Bordeaux blends to further intoxicate red wine fans.
We know that terroir drives uniqueness in wine, and Rutherford’s special flavor profile is the result of its distinct deep gravel and sandy soils, coupled with the area’s microclimate, which create a longer growing season and hang time. The wine’s tannins are rounded out with a soft, dusty style, imparting such a distinct signature that it’s known as “Rutherford Dust.” For many fans of Rutherford wines, it’s an utterly addicting element that keeps them coming back vintage after vintage.
To taste the best of Napa Valley’s Rutherford wineries, follow our guide to the top tasting rooms to visit.