2016 Rusack Pinot Noir Reserve

Year: 2016
Appellation: Santa Rita Hills, Santa Barbara County
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 93
Jeb Dunnuck: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.2%
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"The 2016 Pinot Noir Reserve has a pale to medium ruby-purple color and nose of sliced blueberries, mixed berry preserves, red licorice, dried cranberry, Earl Grey tea leaves, tangerine peel, earth and violets—lots of pretty layers. Light to medium-bodied, it's very silky, with elegant, floral-tinged fruits in the mouth, ripe, grainy tannins and juicy freshness, finishing long and perfumed." (WA)

"Rusack's 2016 Pinot Noir Reserve is gorgeous. A wine of striking inner perfume and class, the 2016 is incredibly expressive today. Ripe red cherry, plum, lavender, mint and sweet spice notes are all woven together. Subtle, nuanced and persistent, the 2016 Reserve hits all the right notes. Vineyard sites are John Sebastiano and Fiddlestix. " (VM)

"The 2016 Pinot Noir Reserve is similar to the Santa Barbara release yet has a slightly darker edge to its fruit as well as more density. Black raspberries, toasted spices, subtle oak, and dried earth notes all emerge from this medium-bodied, nicely concentrated effort that will drink well for 4-6 years." (JD)

Winery Notes:
The grapes for this wine come from two wonderful Sta. Rita Hills vineyards: Fiddlestix, located on the western edge, and John Sebastiano on the northern edge of this incredible Burgundian AVA. After a pre-dawn harvest, the fruit was promptly delivered to our winery and, while still cool from the night air, the grapes were gently de-stemmed, cold soaked for 24 hours and fermentation started. For the following ten days of maceration, the must’s cap was punched down by hand at least twice each day. The resulting wine was transferred into a mixture of new and older French oak barrels, and aged for 11 months prior to being bottled, unfiltered.