Notes From A Recent Tasting Of The New Rusack Wine Releases – For those not aware, Rusack Wines are part of the famed Wrigley Family. Wine makers John & Helen Falcone have another series of hits w/ this years releases. Notes from last nights tasting:
2010 Santa Ynez Sauv Blanc ($12-14) – Balance Sauv B w/ soft notes & flavors of citrus, fresh cut grass, and chalky minerality. More Sancerre than New Zealand.
2009 SB Co. Chardonnay ($19-22) – A well made very balanced Chard. Great notes of grilled pineapple & lemon zest. Malo’d yes but still w/ a pleasing acidity & good finish.. A SEEK, FIND, BUY, and ENJOY WINE!
2008 Santa Maria Reserve Chardonnay ($27-29) – This “Rombauer-esque” Chard is front loaded w/ notes & flavors of pleasant vanilla-butterscotch. A big full mouth-feel but a slightly soft finish!
2009 SB Co Pinot Noir ($25-28) – A strait forward Pinot huge nose & flavors scream red cherry. Fruit whores will want to Seek, Find, Buy & Enjoy this wine!
2009 Santa Maria Pinot Noir ($29-32) – Great balance of dark cherry fruit & mushroom/truffle earthiness. My favorite Pinot for the night. A Seek,Find, Buy, & Enjoy Wine..
2008 Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir ($33-36) – A muscular Pinot typical to the SRH region. A bit tight & soft on the finish.. Would like to come back to re-taste after a few more months of bottle aging!
2009 SB Co. Syrah ($21-24) – Ok the 2008 made #27 on Wine Spectators Top 100 & this release is a great follow up! BIG dark inky Syrah bursting w/ notes & flavors of blackberry, licorice, lavender, and pepper spice. Great long finish. One of two wines I went back for re-taste to “drink” and not spit! Big Syrah lovers will find this better than last years 08! A MUST SEEK, FIND, BUY, and ENJOY WINE!
2008 Santa Ynez Sangiovese ($27-30) – A good effort at Sangiovese grown here in CA. Not as bright as say a Chianti & not as deep as say a Brunello. Perhaps then a CA version at Rosso di Montalcino? : )
2008 Santa Ynez “Anacapa” Cab-Franc ($33-35) – An earthy chalky Cab-Franc usually only sold winery direct. A bit pricey & perhaps not enough balance of fruit for lovers of “California” wines!
Of course missing from this tasting was the Rusack Zin (Winery/Wine Club Direct) produced from grapes grown exclusively on Catalina Island (The Wrigley Family” Island Conservancy owns 88% of the island). Based on climate and topography I might have thought Pinot Noir or Syrah could also be ideal grapes to grow on Catalina (One Can Still Hope), but then again what the hell do I know? : ) Still a fantastic flight of wines from a winery that seems to get better w/ each new vintage! : )
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