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