2006 Ventana Vineyards Rubystone

Winery website: www.ventanawines.com

Based in the Montery California area, Ventana Vineyards has been producing wine in that region for decades – their know-how when it comes to producing top-quality wines from top fruit have garnered wide accliam from wine lovers and the wine media-folk. 

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They produce a wide variety of wines from whites to reds – today I’m looking at its red called “Rubystone” – a blend of the Grenache and Syrah grapes. For those not used to these grape types, what we have are two very common ones which got their start in the Rhone region of France. What we typically find are wines that are more mellow on the palate without that massive fruit attack you’ll find in many of the Bordeaux-style grapes.

  • Appellation: Arroyo Seco AVA – Monterey, California USA
  • Varietal: 62% Grenache Noir and  38% Syrah
  • Vineyard: 100% Estate Ventana Vineyard
  • Barrel Selection: French and American Oak
  • Total Acidity .64 g/ 100ml
  • pH 3.71
  • Alcohol 14.3%
  • Suggested Retail: $18.00

Nose: Take a bowl of dried cranberries and LOAD THEM UP WITH black and white pepper – then toss in some fresh cedar chips. 

Taste: Floods of cranberries, rhubarb, cherries, soil, forest moss, minerality, wet socks and a butt-load of pepper – Holy Lord is this wine zesty!  I’d hit it with any sort of smoked chicken, smoked pork or beer-can chicken and it’s a no-brainer with Cedar plank salmon as well. The finish is quite long and lasts for days – it’s a remarkable bottle and for the money, one of the better wine experiences I’ve had – HIGHLY recommended.

W.E.P. Rating: 120%