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Rutherford Hill Winery

Sonoma: April 1, 2004

Just off the Silverado Trail with views overlooking the Rutherford Bench you will find Rutherford Hill Winery.

In 1976 the founders of Rutherford Hill realized Napa Valley's climate and soil were similar to Pomerol, and suited to growing Merlot. From a handful of the most select Napa vineyards they source their grapes to produce their premiere wines.

Entering through the massive doors of the tasting room you find a gift shop and tasting bar. From the Tasting Room you can see into the winery and the large stainless steel holding tanks. We spent some time one afternoon touring the winery and caves, finishing with a tasting of several wines. To read our notes click on this link  Tasting Notes

Rutherford Hill has also become quite well known for their extensive hillside cave system. The mile-long caves hold over 8,000 oak barrels in which all of the wines are aged. This unique, natural environment enhances the wine-aging process. The caves maintain a year-round temperature of 59 degrees and a consistent humidity level of 90%. This uniform temperature and humidity level reduces wine evaporation
and excess oxygen exposure, producing gracefully aged wines. It is the most impressive system of caves we have visited. You may even schedule private dinners or 'Wine Seminars' in the caves.

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