Cruse Wine Co.

Rorick Vineyard Chardonnay

9.245 ratings
9.410 pro ratings
Sierra Foothills, California, USA
Chardonnay
Top Notes For
Mason Balistreri

Sommelier, International Wine Guild; Balistreri Vineyard; Sales, Joy Wine and Spirits

10

Any more oxidation and I couldn't fuckin drink it... Yet it rides that line and everything else about it seems like some kind of commentary on the state of Chardonnay in America. Happy thanksgiving. Perfect wine in my opinion.

Any more oxidation and I couldn't fuckin drink it... Yet it rides that line and everything else about it seems like some kind of commentary on the state of Chardonnay in America. Happy thanksgiving. Perfect wine in my opinion.

1 person found it helpfulNov 25th, 2016
Brian Scott

Really heady stuff. Totally disconnected out the gate and then fun to watch the components recombine. Big Fan!

Really heady stuff. Totally disconnected out the gate and then fun to watch the components recombine. Big Fan!

1 person found it helpfulJan 14th, 2016
Michael Kanbergs

Wine Director Campo Fina

9.7

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Mar 28th, 2016
Sybaritewino C.Lawrence

what a crack'n bottle! #crusewineco #rorickvineyard #chardonnay. wee hint of skin contact texture, with nose of bosch pear, river stones, & palate exuding richness while being tethered to electric acidity. Divine stuff! want more.

what a crack'n bottle! #crusewineco #rorickvineyard #chardonnay. wee hint of skin contact texture, with nose of bosch pear, river stones, & palate exuding richness while being tethered to electric acidity. Divine stuff! want more.

Dec 9th, 2015
Amy Atwood

Founder/Owner Amy Atwood Selections

9.5

You will want this. Like eating a lemon tart on a rainy day. #Cruse #chardonnay

You will want this. Like eating a lemon tart on a rainy day. #Cruse #chardonnay

Nov 3rd, 2015
Dustin Soiseth

Sales Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

Jurafornia. #cruse

Jurafornia. #cruse

Jan 9th, 2016
Raja Harb

More impressive than my first bottle. Green apple, lemon pastry, leesy character. slight oxidative note. Good power.

More impressive than my first bottle. Green apple, lemon pastry, leesy character. slight oxidative note. Good power.

Oct 3rd, 2017
Erik Nordman

Another solid effort from Michael Cruse! Chardonnay from the Rorick Heritage Vineyard in the Sierra Foothills. Pours a medium (-) straw-gold hue. Medium/medium (+) concentration of aromatics of bruised yellow apple, fresh pineapple, honeysuckle, wet stone, some bread dough and aged cheese rind leesiness, creme fraiche, and a bit of slight savory, almond-y oxidative character. On the palate, there's more yellow apple and pineapple that is joined by a bit of ripe Bosc pear, along with more wet stone, aged cheese rind, honeysuckle, and a slight fennel edge to the finish. Medium to medium (+) acid, dry, medium bodied with lush texture from neutral oak, malo, and lees. There's also the slightest bit of phenolic edge because the juice is left on skins overnight prior to fermentation. Alcohol is medium (+) and is a bit too noticeable on the palate for my tastes but is still gentle enough to overlook. Wish there was a bit more acid but there's still definitely enough to at least keep it in balance enough. Overall, pretty good stuff and interesting for sure; if there's one word you *can't* use to describe Michael's wines in general, "boring" is that word.

Another solid effort from Michael Cruse! Chardonnay from the Rorick Heritage Vineyard in the Sierra Foothills. Pours a medium (-) straw-gold hue. Medium/medium (+) concentration of aromatics of bruised yellow apple, fresh pineapple, honeysuckle, wet stone, some bread dough and aged cheese rind leesiness, creme fraiche, and a bit of slight savory, almond-y oxidative character. On the palate, there's more yellow apple and pineapple that is joined by a bit of ripe Bosc pear, along with more wet stone, aged cheese rind, honeysuckle, and a slight fennel edge to the finish. Medium to medium (+) acid, dry, medium bodied with lush texture from neutral oak, malo, and lees. There's also the slightest bit of phenolic edge because the juice is left on skins overnight prior to fermentation. Alcohol is medium (+) and is a bit too noticeable on the palate for my tastes but is still gentle enough to overlook. Wish there was a bit more acid but there's still definitely enough to at least keep it in balance enough. Overall, pretty good stuff and interesting for sure; if there's one word you *can't* use to describe Michael's wines in general, "boring" is that word.

Aug 24th, 2017
Darryl Tirtha

surprising hit of chard. surprises you in a variety of angles, most enjoyable for me was the acid - crazy high but controlled

surprising hit of chard. surprises you in a variety of angles, most enjoyable for me was the acid - crazy high but controlled

Jul 7th, 2017
Steve Anderson

Tasting pour. Older vines, Sierra foothills. Really enjoyed this one from Michael Cruse.

Tasting pour. Older vines, Sierra foothills. Really enjoyed this one from Michael Cruse.

Jun 22nd, 2017