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Tasting Diversity: Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon Terroir

by Fred Swan - Guest Blogger

Napa Valley’s Rutherford AVA is one of the world’s best-known and respected regions for Cabernet Sauvignon. But wines coming from different parts of Rutherford will vary substantially in character, even if made in the same style by the same producer. This article looks at that diversity through three wines.

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Tasting 13 Vintages of Joseph Phelps Insignia

by Fred Swan - Guest Blogger

Phelps Insignia is one of the most iconic wines of Napa Valley. Its track record of high scores and collectability has been built not just on lip-smacking drinkability, but also complexity and consistency. And, though it is a wine that drinks well young, it can age magnificently.

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Napa Valley Cabernet: If You Think It's All Alike, Think Again

by Fred Swan - Guest Blogger

Since the Judgement of Paris in 1976, if not before, Napa Valley has been recognized for world-class Cabernet Sauvignon. Today, it’s clearly the most famous wine region in America and one of the most popular tourist destinations in California, seeing over 3.3 million annual visitors as of 2014. Yet the success of Napa Valley, in both winemaking and branding, has led to a broad perception that its most famous commodity, Cabernet Sauvignon, is homogeneous and predictable. In reality, Napa Valley is one of the world’s most diverse, small wine-growing areas...

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