2009 Rusack Chardonnay

Year: 2009
Appellation: Santa Barbara County
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 91
White Wine
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"The 2009 Chardonnay is quite attractive in its expressive tropical fruit, sweet French oakand minerals. All of the elements come together nicely in this poised, mid-weight Chardonnay. There is a lovely interplay of minerality and textural creaminess on the generous finish. Hints of melon, pears and vanilla linger on the close. Rusack aged the Chardonnay in 40% new barrels. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2014.

I was very impressed with the Chardonnays and Pinots I tasted from Rusack. The Syrahs appear to be works in progress, but given the level of the best wines here, I see no reason why they can’t be of similar quality. Hopefully that will happen sooner rather than later." (WA)

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 three cool climate vineyards within the County – Bien Nacido, Sierra Madre and Goodchild vineyards in Santa Maria Valley. After being pressed and settled, the juice was barrel fermented in a mixture of new (40%) and older French oak barrels. The lees were stirred for four months, and the wine underwent a full malolactic fermentation. The Chardonnay aged nine months in barrel before being released in spring 2011. 1,978 cases were produced.