A renowned wine writer said the best wines must exhibitfour virtues: a distinctive style and quality unlike any other; a unique expression of origin (terroir); an intense but not overpowering flavor; and satisfying to the palate and intellect- in other words, be a wine worth talking about! Our winemaking team has passionately crafted this debut vintage with these virtues in mind. The Spirited Flavor of Bourbon Oak Aging Extended cooperage in Bourbon oak barrels imparts nuanced layers of caramel, vanilla and toasty oak to the wine’s naturally intense dark berry character. The result is a robust, deliciously complex and silky smooth Lodi Zinfandel.
Three Generations Committed to Sustainability and the Crafting of Fine Wines Growing premium grapes has been a tradition in our family for the past fifty years. For three generations we have explored and cultivated some of our state’s finest vineyards and farmlands resulting in a portfolio of wines that represents the rich diversity of California’s outstanding appellations. Today, that portfolio includes Rutherford Ranch Winery, Scott Family Estate, Predator Wines, Lander-Jenkins Wines, Rhiannon, Silver Buckle, Round Hill and extensive Private Label offerings. Along with our dedication to family owned and family farmed, we are also committed to sustainably farming, producing and bottling our wines. Our Rutherford Ranch Winery and estate vineyards are certified sustainable by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance. We know that responsible farming is good for the land, good for the grapes and ultimately good for the wine. Our winemaking philosophies have been critically acclaimed nationwide, including best values from Robert Parker, Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator and Decanter Magazine. In addition, Rutherford Ranch Winery was named ’Napa Winery of the Year’ at the 2013 New York International Wine Competition. Every harvest brings us new knowledge and understanding to apply and fine tune our growing and production process which, we feel, reflects in our wines and their purity of flavor distinct to their site.