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Ron Rubin

Ron Rubin
2019 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.7% RS: 0.05%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$20

Ron Rubin
2019 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.7% RS: 0.05%
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe golden delicious apple, honey-butter on toast, jasmine tea, and vanilla cream with a round, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and an engaging, long finish revealing notes of crushed daffodils, yellow apple, vanilla sweet cream, and butterscotch with moderate oak flavor. Opulent New World Chardonnay with a deft balance of fruit, acid, and barrel influence.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: ripe golden delicious apple, honey-butter on toast, jasmine tea, and vanilla cream
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of crushed daffodils, yellow apple, vanilla sweet cream, and butterscotch
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-6 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Turkey, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Opulent New World Chardonnay with a deft balance of fruit, acid, and barrel influence.

The Producer

Ron Rubin Winery

The Producer

Their Portfolio

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88 Ron Rubin 2019 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 13.7% (USA) $20.00.
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87 Ron Rubin 2019 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 13.7% (USA) $20.00.
93 Ron Rubin 2022 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 13.5% (USA) $19.00.
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87 Ron Rubin 2022 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 13.5% (USA) $20.00.
87 Ron Rubin 2022 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 13.7% (USA) $24.00.

Chardonnay

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
Chardonnay is arguably the world’s most famous white variety, thanks to its success in France’s Burgundy region as well as throughout much of California. Chardonnay on its own has rather straightforward, pleasant aromas of apple and pear, but when aged (and sometimes fermented) in small oak barrels, the wines take on extra richness as well as notes of toasted almond, vanilla and yeast.

The most renowned examples of Chardonnay are from small villages and vineyards in Burgundy, such as Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault. These wines are very powerful with ample spicy notes and very good acidity; they age very well, sometimes as long as 20-25 years. Another part of Burgundy, Chablis, is home to more restrained style of Chardonnay. Certain areas of California, especially Russian River Valley in Sonoma and Santa Barbara County are also home to many distinguished examples of Chardonnay, with those from the latter region often displaying tropical fruit flavors.

Given that most Chardonnnays are aged in small oak barrels, there has been a movement as of late to give consumers a mored delicate style of Chardonnay, without all the spicy and toasty flavors. Thus there are now many producers that produce non-oak aged Chardonnays; this has been seen from many producers from Australia as well as a few in California as well.

Chardonnay, especially oak-aged versions, are quite rich and need seafood of equal richness at the dinner table. Thus lobster, halibut and swordfish are ideal food pairings.