Review: Ron Rubin 2020 Pam’s Un-Oaked Chardonnay and 2018 Pinot Noir
Located in Sebastopol, California, the Ron Rubin winery is Certified Sustainable and devoted to producing widely available and enjoyable wines at a reasonable price. Today we’re trying two wines that we’ve tried before, an unoaked Chardonnay bottled under the Pam’s label and a Pinot Noir. Let’s see how the newer vintages stand up.
2020 Pam’s Un-Oaked Chardonnay – Made with grapes sourced from Clarksburg and Lodi, this wine pours yellow gold in the glass. This is an unoaked Chardonnay, but some butter shows up on the nose along with apples and a touch of lemon. The palate is almost entirely golden delicious apples with low to medium acidity and some sweetness. The result is a light bodied wine that tastes like it was made for people who don’t really like wine and might prefer drinking apple juice. C+ / $14
2018 Ron Rubin Pinot Noir Russian River Valley – Pouring garnet colored in the glass, this wine has a nose that shows the lovely character of Pinot Noirs made with grapes from the Russian River Valley, including black cherry and plum along with vanilla and a little nutmeg. The palate introduces bold black cherry followed by cocoa. Soft tannins make for a nice mouth feel on this medium bodied wine, and except for a rather short, tart finish, it is quite enjoyable. B+ / $25
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