Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Review: *** $$ Rusina Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel, Paso Robles and Lodi, 2010 and 2011

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Rusina is a line of California-sourced grapes, produced as pleasant, big, fruit-friendly wines.


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Original tasting and review : This is Rusina Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, California, 2010, finished at 13.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Deep, dusty red, almost opaque in the center.

On the nose: Poured at cool cellar temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft, full, fruity cabernet fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be fruity, fleshy and showing a touch of age.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact some old world structure in a fruity wrapper.  Includes a touch of dark oak wrapper.  The finish shows some residual acids in a clean frame.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

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Original tasting and review : This is Rusina Zinfandel, Lodi, California, 2011, finished at 14.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Medium bright red, with ruby and brick.

On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bright and fragrant red pepper with intriguing perfume notes that almost - but not quite - go to antifreeze.  From the aroma, seems like this will be full, tasty, tangy and yet rich.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact much as anticipated.  The perfumed notes come across strongly on the palate, reminding perhaps a little of a classic 1940's dry cocktail. Finish moves to brightness, then fades, holding the perfume along for the ride.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Almost touches a plus for its unique character.

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And one last tasting and review : This is Rusina Zinfandel added to Rusina Cabernet Sauvignon, combined one to one.

In the glass: Dusty deep red.

On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows a balance of depth, tang and fragrance.  From the aroma, seems like this will be intriguing and layered.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact showing the combined elements of oak and perfume from its predecessor wines.  Overall, bright, balanced, tangy, some layers and moving to a clean close.  A balanced meritage.

In summary: Overall, also rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

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