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Rutz Cellars

Rutz Cellars After years of living in the Russian River Valley and inspired by the greatness of Burgundy, Keith Rutz dreamed of making great classically-styled wines from the best Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes available in California. His goal was - and is - to craft small lots of wine that will be recognized as worthy competitors to the top French products. We guarantee that from harvest to bottling, Rutz Cellars wines are subjected to minimal handling and maximum care, underscoring our commitment to make the finest wines possible. Don't expect boring wines from Rutz Cellars. We hope you like them, and we invite you to share our passion and dedication to distinction and quality.


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3637 Frei Road, Sebastopol, CA, US, 95473 Email:
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  1991 Spring Mountain Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
By special arrangement with Spring Mountain Vineyards in Napa, Rutz Cellars is proud to bring you a fitting complement to our classic Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. Barrel-aged for 14 months before bottling, this is a smooth, balanced Cabernet with chocolate and leather undertones and soft, spicy tannins.
  2000 Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir
From one of the finest growers of pinot noir in the region, Dutton Ranch fruit is the backbone of Rutz Cellars' quality set. 100% Dutton Ranch pinot noir is hand picked, hand sorted, and cold-soaked. It begins fermentation in 500 gallon open-top fermentors and finishes in small French oak barrels from Louis Latour, Claude Gillet and Fran├žois Freres. Gravity moved to repose in Rutz Cellars' caves, the wine ages in barrel for 11 months. Deep and rich in fruit and mineral flavors. 769 cases produced.
  2000 Maison Grand Cru Pinot Noir
Rutz Cellars Maison Grand Cru designation represents the best blend of the vintage from select Pinot Noir vineyards. After cold-soaking, the juice is fermented in small open-top fermentors and is punched-down by hand 4-5 times per day to extract color and flavor. Rich and full bodied with deep blackberry fruit and sandalwood scents.
  2000 Martinelli Vineyard Pinot Noir
Martinelli Vineyard is well known for producing distinctive pinot noir fruit with rich flavors and deep concentration. After beginning fermentation in small open-top fermentors, the wine was gravity transferred to Claude Gillet and Louis Latour French oak barrels, then aged for 11 months in our caves. Deep black fruit and cherry aromas and flavors with a long, intense finish.
  2001 Marvelous North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon
  2001 Marvelous North Coast Merlot
  2001 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
A stylish blend from highly regarded Russian River and Sonoma Coast vineyards. The Russian River fruit is primarily from the Gold Ridge soil mantle, and the West Sonoma County fruit is from the Cazadero area, close to the Pacific Ocean. The grapes are hand picked and hand sorted, then cold-soaked and fermented in small open-top fermentors. The wine is barrel aged for 11 months in the constant natural temperature and humidity of Rutz Cellars' caves. Aromas of strawberry and Bing cherry, spiced cherry flavors, and a long finish with moderate tannins.
  2002 Marvelous North Coast Sauvignon Blanc
  Dutton Ranch Chardonnay
From one of the finest fruit sources in all of California, the Dutton chardonnay is taken from several locations of the vineyard, hand picked and whole-cluster pressed. 100% barrel fermented after being cold-settled, the wine is then aged sur-lie and hand stirred every two weeks. Spicy peach and tart apple, with hints of lime. 680 cases produced.
  Maison Grand Cru Chardonnay
A blend of our best barrels from each separate vineyard lot. 100% Russian River fruit was hand-picked, hand-sorted, and fermented in small open-top fermentors. 100% malolactic fermentation with the lees constantly stirred, and barrel aged in constant temperature and humidity in our caves. 1,006 cases produced.
  Russian River Valley Chardonnay
Smooth, rich and creamy on the palate, this young Chardonnay offers a full array of flavors including spice, pear, apple, pineapple and guava. Keeps its fruity focus through the finish, while light oak adds a nice touch.


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