Welcome to our Wine Questions Of The Week submitted by followers of this site and our social media accounts. Questions this week focus on the central Napa Valley’s Rutherford area.
Here are our two Wine Questions Of The Week:
Question 1: “On a recent tasting trip to Napa Valley I heard Rutherford dust mentioned several times. What is it?” H.W., Dallas, TX
Answer 1: The Rutherford appellation in central Napa Valley (see map) has unique soil and micro-climate characteristics that provide a longer, gentler growing season (referred to as “hang time”). The result is “fine, dusty tannins” that we experience in wine as a smooth finish and hints of chocolate or cocoa. Grapes grown in the Rutherford AVA are considered among the best grown in the Valley.
Our second question was put to me some time ago, but I never posted the answer on the blog.
Question 2: “What is a Rutherford case of wine?”
Answer 2: A Rutherford case is much like a baker’s dozen. It’s a case that contains 15 bottles of wine instead of the standard 12 bottles. Several Napa Valley wineries run promotions from time-to-time featuring a Rutherford case. I’m unable to locate the origin of the term, so if you have that information and would like to share it, please Comment below.
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