Ron Rubin 2013 Green Valley of Russian River Valley Syrah: A delicious cool-climate wine!

Hello Friends,

Today I’m enjoying a glass of Ron Rubin’s 2013 Syrah from Sonoma County’s Green Valley of Russian River Valley appellation. This is one of the smallest appellations in Sonoma County and one of the coolest within Russian River Valley. The region is defined by its trademark foggy marine layer which produces cooler temperatures that are well-suited for varieties such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. On the other hand, cool-climate Syrah should not be overlooked; especially from this producer. Syrah is an interesting grape. It’s one of the few varieties that performs superbly well in both cool and warm climates. I prefer the former, but appreciate both depending on my mood and/or food. Syrah from cool climate regions are generally brighter, showcasing more red fruits, and leaner than their warm weather counterparts.  

After many years of success in the beverage industry, including recently celebrating 25 years of owning The Republic of Tea, Ron Rubin fulfilled a lifelong dream in 2011 with the founding of his eponymous winery. Situated in Green Valley of Russian River Valley, Mr. Rubin and winemaker Joe Freeman are bringing out the flavors, personality, and unique characteristics of this cool-climate region. This Syrah is quite delicious; reflective of attention to detail and an excellent vintage regarded for exceptional fruit quality. For further information and where you can find this wine, please check out my tasting notes below.

Ron Rubin 2013 Green Valley of Russian River Syrah

Ron Rubin 2013 Green Valley of Russian River Valley Syrah (SRP $32): Fruit for this wine was sourced from [Dutton Ranch] Cherry Ridge Vineyard in Green Valley of Russian River Valley. This site possesses just enough sun and heat to ripen Syrah. Remember, this is cool-climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir country. The wine is deep ruby purple in color. Inviting aromas of tart cherry, cranberry, and purple stone fruit mingle with peppery spice, tar, and muted earth-tinged complexities. These aromas extend to the palate through juicy flavors supported by soft, well-integrated tannins and an energetic spine of fresh acidity, ending with a medium-long, persistent finish.  Perfect on its own, this Syrah is also very food-friendly. I enjoyed it with herb-crusted rack of lamb. Region: Green Valley of Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California. Other info: ABV 14.1%, 100% Syrah, clone 877, stainless fermenter, aged 12 months in French oak barrels -- 29% new, cork enclosure. Click here to find this wine.