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Napa Valley Cabernet: Best Rutherford 2018 wines

Rutherford is home to some of Napa's leading producers, but as Matthew Luczy discovers, wines across the AVA can vary greatly. Here he selects his top Cabernets from the 2018 vintage.

Rutherford lends its name to two famous Napa terms: ‘Rutherford Dust’ and ‘The Rutherford Bench’.

The former was allegedly coined by André Tchelistcheff, although its meaning to this day is nebulous. It is uncertain if he was generally encapsulating the x-factor of the region, or describing the powdery tannins common in the best examples.


Scroll down for the top-scoring Rutherford 2018 wines


The Rutherford Bench is an unofficially-defined subsection of the valley floor and western hillsides.


See the top-scoring Rutherford 2018 wines


See also

Decanter Premium Collector’s Guide: Napa Valley 

The rise of US urban wineries

California Cabernet 2016: Panel tasting results

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