2010 Rusack "Reserve" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Chardonnay Reserve is considerably richer and riper than the Santa Barbara County bottling. Ripe tropical fruit, mango, butter and French oak come to life in this large-scaled, creamy Chardonnay. Here, too, all of the elements are in gorgeous balance. The Reserve is layered, rich, multi-dimensional and flat-out beautiful. It is another striking wine from Rusack. The vineyard sources are 89% Sierra Madre and 11% Bien Nacido. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016.
*Two Stars* This combination of full ripeness and high acidity will push the limits of most tasters because of its unrelenting acidy involvement, but that trait does not deter us from liking it and its somewhat leaner mate below. Rich and complementary oak with a slightly smoky edge adds its own voice and, together with the lengthy, well-expressed fruit provides a kind of moderating balance to what is one of the more brisk wines in this Issue. Try it now with dishes like Oysters Rockefeller or set it aside in the cellar for some well-deserved maturation.
Tight and intense, with a firm, vibrant, structured mix of tart pineapple and lemon-grapefruit citrus notes. Excellent acidity keeps the flavors fresh and vibrant. Drink now through 2018. 420 cases made.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Vivid gold. Citrus and orchard fruits on the nose, with hints of chamomile and spicecake adding complexity. Nervy and dry, with refreshingly bitter orange and lemon zest flavors and a late note of poached pear. The citrus note repeats on the firm, dry, linear finish. This wine could use a little time to stretch out.