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For Rutherford Vintners, the Cool 2011 Vintage Was a Winegrower’s Year

For many Rutherford vintners, the cool 2011 vintage marked by an unusually rainy October was something they’d never seen in their careers. It was a year that vintners became winegrowers in the true sense, making key decisions in the vineyards, at harvest and in the cellar that would ultimately highlight the best aspects of the cool vintage: purity and freshness.

Stags Leap District: A Legend in Its Own Time

At a Stags Leap District tasting April 26 commemorating its 25th anniversary as an AVA, vintners shared their perspectives on the evolution of the appellation since the 1970s. Constantly innovating, constantly adapting, vintners continue to move the region forward with but one goal: to preserve the legend of Stags Leap.

The Taste of Rutherford Dust Found

I’ve written about Napa Valley’s earliest vineyards from St. Helena to Howell Mountain and Stags Leap, but no region’s vintners have had …

Rubicon Estate – on a path of destiny

In naming his first wine Rubicon, Francis Ford Coppola laid down his commitment to quality begun by his predecessors at Inglenook. In the spirit of Gustave Niebaum and John Daniel Jr. before him, and with the tenacity to see his vision come to fruition as some of his greatest films, Francis Ford Coppola creates the next great chapter in the saga of this celebrated estate.