Sonoma County, CA; 13.5% ABV
$5 at the Richmond, CA, store on 23 Sept
I seemed to recall others’ having said good things about Rutz (written on the front label as RVTZ), so I picked up one of these. It’s decent Chardonnay for the money.
On the first day, the wine showed very ripe, perhaps a little over-ripe, fruit of yellow apple / pineapple but was nonetheless reasonably well balanced by good-tasting, ripe acid. Despite the intense flavor, the body lacked much texture, allowing the acid to shine through. While a sip started out pretty tasty, there was some sort of off flavor in the finish, as if the over-ripeness included some oxidation. My friend with whom I opened this, who doesn’t drink wine much, thought it was much better than any Chardonnay he’d run into recently, but I disliked that off flavor.
The next day, the off flavor was to my surprise largely gone, and the wine was pretty good, if still not extremely exciting.
The third (!) day, the wine had gone distinctly downhill, so drink it up in the first one or two days.