Rutherford Ranch Winery


Monsieur Ètain Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

1 hour decant (little fine/cloudy sediment). A remarkable dark purplish magenta color. On the nose: tart cherry, creme de cassis, eucalyptus, orange rind, cinnamon. Taste: smooth, soft, rich, juicy wine with cherry/raspberry, leather, herbaceous, graphite, little spiced chocolate espresso and a nice medium plus finish. YUM! Bodes well for the 2015 Scarecrow wine, and I should pop one to check it out. — 7 days ago

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Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

Had a 2012 Scarecrow in 2017, lost track of time. Just acid & alcohol. I would wait a few more years on the 15.
Tom Garland

Tom Garland

@Ron R Thanks. Cheers!
Tom Garland

Tom Garland

@Paul T- Huntington Beach I like em with 10-15 years on em (07s are awesome now) to come together so still waiting on my 12, 13, and 14. Though I will pop open a 15, based on the M Etain, this warm year may be earlier. Cheers!


Watson Ranch Chardonnay 2020

2020. Love Arnot-Roberts and this young Chardonnay has the acidity and flavor to pair with oysters and grilled branzino! — 20 days ago

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Abreu Vineyards

Madrona Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

A decade in … decadent, depth of flavor — 13 days ago

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Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

After storing this wine away for over a decade, I finally decided to open a bottle. — a day ago

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Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

I still have a couple 08 M Etain. We should compare

McGah Family Cellars

Scarlett Cabernet Sauvignon

This was a random, lonely bottle in my cellar and it was a Napa Cab sort of night so figured it was as good a time as any to give this a whirl. Besides, a few of my friends had recently made some comments about how well the 2015’s were showing so it was only more incentive to open this.

We pulled the cork a couple of hours prior and consumed over a several hour period. No formal notes. The first impression is “holy smokes this is absolutely packed with sweet, ripe fruits”. It was shocking. The quality of the fruit is seriously high…a black and red fruit combo with some baking spices…but it’s so jammy and primary that I couldn’t pull much more from it. Tannins were medium. Acid was medium/medium-. The texture is silky smooth. Finish is long-ish due to the mouth-coating fruit. Ultimately however, I struggled to fully enjoy this due to wonderful fruit being let down by the lack of structure which left it coming across a bit flabby. That being said, this style is intentional and arguably very popular. Drink now.
— a month ago

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Rutherford Red Blend

2017 Qunintessa cab at Mary’s house party — 21 days ago

Frog's Leap

Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

Delicious, deep, gentle, dry and mellow, with character that develops with patience. — 5 days ago

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Nickel & Nickel

Suscol Ranch Napa Valley Merlot 2009

Napa Merlot for Cabernet lovers. A dark, ruddy merlot color in the glass, as is appropriate. The nose is warm and inviting with a bit of baking spice and oak. Plums and blackberries galore! Cherries and black tea for days. Just a touch of leather and dusty earth.

I love Merlot. Oh so much. The Caberneted versions of Merlot don’t usually ring my bell but this is special and just plain yummy. Settled acidity with plenty of complexity and depth. It’s a big brawny wine but not ridiculously so. There’s restraint and class shown here. Dark chocolate and more spice on the palate to go with all of that dark fruit. A particularly interesting and excellent Napa Merlot.
— a day ago

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Ridge Vineyards

Pagani Ranch Sonoma Valley Zinfandel Blend 2019

Hard to not drink young…ripe, complex, balanced. I admit to loving Zinfandel with food, and Ridge is right at the top. Blackberry, cherry, plum…noticeably tannic, but works like a charm with my renowned six-hour pasta fagiole and a healthy slug of quintarelli olive oil. Zin and pasta, zin and burgers, zin and ribs…just YUM! — 20 days ago

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Ridge Vineyards

Benito Dusi Ranch Paso Robles Zinfandel 2015

Aged well and softer more rounded. Dark dried fruits and plum notes with subtle sweetness and light tannins — 7 days ago