We hold the following truths to be self-evident: that Ron Rubin owns vineyards in Lodi and Clarksburg, that he likes to stay on his wife’s good side, and that neither of the wines reviewed here has spent any duration of time in an oak barrel. All very nice and important things pertaining to this review.
2021 Ron Rubin Pam’s Unoaked Cabernet Sauvignon – Showing heavy notes of blackberry and raspberry tart on the nose, with a light cinnamon touch for some welcome contrast as it settles in the glass. Highly approachable in its light body and mild acidity, the tannins frame the berry notes and let them shine, especially with the absence of any oak influence. At this price point, it’s a quite sensible bring-and-buy to any social appointments in your planner and would work with the main course at dinner during the warmer months of the year and a rich dessert during the cold seasons. A- / $16
2021 Ron Rubin Pam’s Unoaked Chardonnay – Fresh and incredibly light, full of green apple, lemon zest, and honeydew melon throughout. The tropical elements are well-balanced and gentle and share in the work harmoniously. The green apple note makes a return during the finish along with a soft touch of salinity. An easy drinking glass that would be well-received during a humid summer evening. B+ / $14