2014 Rusack Chardonnay SBC

Year: 2014
Appellation: Santa Barbara County
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 87
Wine Advocate: 88
Vinous Media: 88
Connoisseurs' Guide: 87
Wine Enthusiast: 90
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.8%
Price :

"Fresh and lively, with an intense mix of zesty, citrus-laced green apple and citrus skin notes giving a pithy texture, clipped on the finish. Drink now. 1,961 cases made. –JL " (WS)

"Rusack's 2014 Chardonnay Santa Barbara County is a charming, fruit-forward and classic effort that has lots of apple fruit and spice in a plump, medium-bodied, rounded and fruit-forward style that's hard to resist. Drink it over the coming 2-3 years." (WA)

"The 2014 Chardonnay (Santa Barbara County) is another delicious entry-level offering from Rusack. Bright saline notes add freshness to a core of yellow stone fruits, spice and lightly buttered notes. There is lovely varietal definition in the glass, as well as a good deal of freshness. " (VM)

"Although a bit muted and showing the constraints of its age to start, this ample, yet fairly firm young wine takes a moment or two to get started, but it gradually opens up to reveal a good sense of moderately deep, green-apple fruit and takes on a nice measure of oaky richness as it does. It wants time in bottle to fully flesh out and should find a fuller voice with another twelve months of age. Reviewed: January 2016" (CG)

"Pink-grapefruit rind, sea salt, Meyer lemon and nectarine aromas show on the nose of this wine made by Santa Barbara-raised Steve Gerbac. The medium-bodied palate offers light touches of pan-seared apples, white peaches and tangerine peel with a deliciously salty edge to it all." (WE)

Winery Notes:
The truly distinctive flavors from the cool Northern and Western extremes of Santa Barbara County come together in this bottle. Here, our love of blending has resulted in a marriage of exceptional fruit aromas with carefully balanced acidity, capturing the best qualities of the area. Honeydew melon, Asian pear, orange blossom, as well as citrus notes, are highlighted in this appealingly crisp white wine.

The grapes for our Santa Barbara County Chardonnay hail from two cool-climate vineyards within the County – Bien Nacido and Sierra Madre vineyards in Santa Maria Valley. After being pressed and settled, the juice was barrel fermented in a mixture of new (39%) and older French oak barrels. The lees were stirred for four months, and the wine underwent a full malolactic fermentation. The Chardonnay aged 10 months in barrel before being released in September 2015. 1,961 cases were produced.