Classic richness…

Prized Cabernet Sauvignon wines have been synonymous with the Rutherford Appellation since the mid 1800s, and the varietal now represents more than half of the planted acreage in Rutherford. The district is characterized by well-drained alluvial-fan soils: gravel sand and loam. The wines grown here are so distinctive that the phrase “Rutherford Dust” was coined in an effort to define the elusive qualities of the renowned terroir.


Rutherford Ridge Vineyard: With a steeply sloping hillside giving way to the rich valley floor, this 33-acre site produces a variety of wines. Tremendous Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Tannat are crafted from both the rocky, sandy hillsides and the heavy clay of the flats. The prized Block 21 at the peak of the hill produces rich, complex Cabernet Sauvignon, often destined for our flagship blend, FORTIS.

Manley Lane Vineyard: This 16-acre site produces traditional Rutherford style Cabernet Sauvignons from Clones 191, 337, 341 and 7 on its heavy clay soils.

Hidden Canyon Vineyard: Cabernet Sauvignon thrives on this 12-acre spot planted exclusively to Clone 7. Tucked into a niche on a slope above the valley floor, the vineyard is perceptibly warmer than its neighbors, creating a unique style of Rutherford Cabernet.

Characteristics of Rutherford wines

Quintessential Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits fine tannins accompanied by lush, round cherry and black currant flavors with an inky deep color.