2009 Proprietors Reserve Chardonnay
Rutz Cellars “ Proprietors Reserve “ designation is new to the line up of
the Rutz Burgundian style wines crafted deep in tradition of the true
Burgundy pyramid of “Grand Cru” –“Premier Cru” –“Village” wines.
“Proprietors Reserve “ – VILLAGE – IS true to the “core” for its backbone in
the climate of the cool Russian River Valley which delivers its clean and
crisp natural acidity. From the Gold Ridge soil of our surrounding vineyards
of Dutton Ranch, Martinelli Vineyard & Bachiagalupi Vineyards, the now 20
year old Rutz Cellars caves exude the “natural” element that is ever-present
in the makeup of this wine. Minerality! This limestone character on the
pallet evolves from the mineral deposits now naturally growing inside our
caves. With just a “touch” of French Oak from the Troncais & Never
forests….the wine is well intergrated with the fruit. The “less is better”
approach then becomes a “balanced wine”. The blend for this bottling
consists of proprietary fruit harvested late season from our Russian River
Valley, Sonoma Coast & Mendocino vineyards. Aged for some 12 months in the
high 95% humidity and ambient temperature of 59 F of our caves….this wine
was bottled in September 2010.
Tasting Notes: A balance of minerals of limestone lingers on the mid palate with hints of French Oak in the background. Crisp Granny Apple flavors & lime citrus round out the pallet.
Harvest Dates: October 2009
Alcohol : 13.8%
Total Acid: 0.55 g/100ml
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