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Elizabeth Spencer Wines

1165 Rutherford Road
Rutherford, CA 94573

Tasting:   Open daily 10 to 6 pm
Tasting fee $10 & 15 credited with purchase
10% case discount
Price Range:   $16 to $60 per bottle
Established:   1998
  6000 cases

Elizabeth Spencer Wines Description

As the former Rutherford Post Office, built in 1872, this storefront tasting room has plenty of charm and grace. Visitors to the small downtown of Rutherford can stroll along the street and find this little gem across from the town’s current post office. The little brick building has been completely renovated and serves as a very warm and attractive place to sample the custom-made wines of Elizabeth Spencer.

The name comes from Elizabeth Pressler and Spencer Graham, who joined forces in 1988 to create this boutique label, making well-balanced and food-friendly wines. The small, zinc-topped tasting counter, with its base made from the building’s original wood ceiling, serves guests with at least two tasting options that change regularly. There is a patio out back and a side yard for larger, more casual groups.

The winery uses a custom crush facility to produce their wines that are sourced from vineyards in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties. The Cabernet Sauvignon is from select vineyards in the Napa Valley; the Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah come from the Sonoma Coast appellation. In 2005, they also produced very small quantities of Napa Valley Chardonnay, Mendocino Sauvignon Blanc and Sonoma Coast Rosé of Syrah.

Elizabeth Spencer Wines Features

Ambiance Types of Wine Amenities
Family Run
Historic Features
Casual & Relaxed
Hip & Stylish
Storefront only
Cabernet Sauvignon
Pinot Noir
Picnic Sites
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One of the best Cabernet Sauvignons
Cody, Laramie
This small tasting room makes for an intimate setting, where you will be one on one with the friendly host/hostess. Elizabeth Spencer makes a very good, reasonably-priced Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, but you should really pay attention to their reds. Their Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville is outstanding. We had to buy some to take home. When you leave the tasting room, head northwest 2.6 miles to St. Helena, and visit the wonderful gourmet food store Dean & Deluca.

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The above reviews are the subjective opinion of Winery Advisor members and not of California Winery Advisor.

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