VOLUME 9, ISSUE 24
May 5, 2013
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Cork Dork Etude: Inspired Wines of the Carneros the Gardener: Got Organic Grapes? Bravium: Relish the Acidity Rivers-Marie: 2010 & 2011 Reflect the Challenges of Farming on the Edge Dunstan Wines from Durell Vineyard Foursight Wines: Family Excels with Pinot COBB Wines: No Wine Before Its Time Sips of Pinot: Wines Tasted Recently Rosé and Chardonnay: Recently Sampled Wines Pinot Briefs
This beautiful winery in the hills above Solvang on 48 acres features a husband and wife winemaking team, John and Helen Falcone. The wines here have improved dramatically since they took over the reigns in 2001. The owners are Geoff and Alison Rusack. Output is now 7,500 cases. The tasting room and adjoining picnic area is located at 1819 Ballard Canyon Road (see website for directions) and is open daily from 11-4. There are three Pinot Noirs from purchased fruit in the Santa Rita Hills and Santa Maria Valley: Santa Barbara County, Santa Rita Hills, and Reserve. The Reserve is particularly notable.
Rusack wines are sold through the website and are sensibly priced. 805-688-1278.
Articles About Rusack Vineyards
2005 Rusack Reserve Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., 445 cases, $38. This wine is composed of the best barrels from Fiddlestix Vineyard (50%) and Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard (50%). 35% new French oak in the élevage. · This wine was one of my favorites that I tasted at the event. Deep red fruits with cinnamon and earth drive the flavors and a nice sweet cherry finish leaves a lasting impression. The texture is silky and comforting. A little heat peaks out on the nose but it is not obtrusive. Reviewed July 23, 2007 ARTICLE »
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