2011 Rusack Chardonnay Reserve

Year: 2011
Appellation: Santa Maria Valley
Country: USA - California
Vinous Media: 90
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.2%
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"(raised in two-thirds new French oak, with a little battonage): Vivid gold. Deeper and muskier than the Santa Barbara County bottling, offering intense poached pear and candied fig aromas and a hint of orange pith. Broad and seamless on the palate, offering intense orchard fruit flavors and a touch of bitter citrus. Finishes spicy and dry, with very good focus and length." (IWC)

Winery Notes:
Long before Chardonnay was widely produced throughout the United States, a small band of vintners from Santa Maria were experimenting with this classic varietal. They discovered that Santa Maria’s long, cool growing season and maritime influences create Chardonnays of greater dimension. Our Reserve reflects these qualities, and is tinged with the scent of Fuji apple, Meyer lemon, and fresh pineapple.

The grapes for our Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay Reserve came from the famous Bien Nacido and Sierra Madre vineyards in the Santa Maria Valley appellation. After being pressed and settled. the juice was barrel fermented in a mixture of new (62.5%) and older French oak barrels. After primary fermentation was completed, the Chardonnay then went through total malolactic fermentation. Then we stirred the lees over a 4 month period and then let everything settle down for a total of 9 months in barrel. The wine was bottled on July 19, 2012. Only 371 cases were produced.