Mark Aselstine
February 12, 2013 | Mark Aselstine

Rustridge Racehorse Red: Chiles, Napa Valley 2008

As part of our Wine Exploration Wine Club:

Rustridge Racehorse Red: Chiles, Napa Valley 2008: Tasting Notes: Full bodied as you’d expect from a Zinfandel and Cabernet blend, especially from a cooler climate region of Napa Valley.  Hints of cherry and currants.  We take away a hint or more of spice on the finish as well as a slinky texture-making it a nice pairing with not only steak but a large group of grilled meats including Mexican and Greek food as well.

About Rustridge & Why We Thought This Was Interesting: When we first heard about a winery that focused on both raising race horses and making wine, we admittedly were skeptical. However, when we started to hear more about the estate and how the vines were planted in the early 1970’s, but the winery wasn’t created for another 13 years, we became more interested.  Since the estate is both organic and dry farmed, we thought it might be interesting for our consumers-but we weren’t sold until we found out that Kent Rosenblum has been their consulting winemaker for a generation.  He’s certainly built, a legacy, reputation and brand on making quality and affordable zinfandel-so these Zin/Cabernet blends seemed like a better and better shot.  Plus, it’s virtually impossible to find Rosenblum’s hand on a production level this small, only about 1k cases in total are produced. This is a wine which will remind you of the best of Napa, just not at the usual price.

So here's a small addition-we thought this was an interesting wine, partially because it carried many of the characteristic flavor profiles, smells and senses that come with traditional Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.  Of course, you don't find many Napa Valley Cabernet's at a $20 price point.


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