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Wines with Todd Ruby at MacArthurs


I was picking up a few bottles of wine for our upcoming trip to New York City when Todd Ruby started pouring some wine at MacArthurs.  I quickly tasted through five of the bottles.  I did not like the 2009 St Gayan as much as the 2007.  The Godelia was one of my favorites and certainly well priced.  The Adelsheim was elegant but I rather liked the more complex, blacker fruit of the Chehalem wines.  While they are tasty now they are perfectly balanced for aging.

2009  St Gayan, Cotes du Rhone
This wine is a blend of 75% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 5% Mourvedre from vines that average 40 years of age.  The fruit is sourced from vineyards in the villages of Sablet and Seguret.  Not as lush nor as dark as the 2007.  I thought this showed more structure for the red fruit but was a little disjointed. Not Rated.

2008 Godelia, Bierzo
This wine is 100% Mencia sourced from 40 to 80 year old vines.  The wine was aged for 12 months in French and American fine oak barrels.  This had a great nose of texture, aromatic fruit.  In the mouth good mineraly, red fruit, and some herbs.  A pleasure to smell and enjoyable to drink. Not Rated.

2009 Adelsheim, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley
This sports fresh red fruit, raspberry, some balance of structure between tannins and acidity.  Rather approachable. Not Rated.

2009 Chehalem, Pinot Noir, 3 Vineyard, Willamette Valley
This wine is 100% Pinot Noir sourced from the three estate vineyards of Ridgecrest, Stoller, and Corral Creek.  The wine wasa aged for 9 months in 23% new, 33% one-use, and 44% multiple-use French oak barrels.  This was a bit riper and richer than the Adelsheim with a profile of darker red fruit.  Some sweet spice and a good, firm body. Not Rated.

2009 Chehalem, Pinot Noir, Ridgecrest, Ribbon Ridge
This release marks the 25th anniversary of this wine!  This wine is 100% Pinot Noir sourced from the 55-acre Ridgecrest vineyard.  The wine was aged for 11 months in 52% new, 36% one-use, and 12% two-use French oak barrels.  This steps it up over the 3 Vineyard.  Though similar in profile, this wine has flavors of blackberry and other black fruits with a ripe profile, strong sweet spices, and a dusty, stone, satisfying finish. Not Rated.

  1. November 11, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Hmm… I had a very different experience with the Dme. St. Gayan–granted, it was from the 2007 vintage. As I wrote on my blog:

    “Man, what a great wine! Classic Côtes du Rhône nose of berries and herbs, tasting of boysenberry, licorice, and earth, solid acidity with pleasant tannins. Juicy but also dark. Very warming. I would HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend this wine and am strongly considering going back to MacArthur to buy a half-case of this for the next few weeks of cold weather.”

    In fact, I liked it so much that I got my friends to buy quite a few bottles of it via our wine collective.

    I’m sorry to hear that the ’09 didn’t pass muster!

    • November 12, 2011 at 3:37 pm

      We drank a lot of the 2007 vintage and absolutely loved it, there was definitely good fruit there. The 2009 tasted more different than just the vintage but I will certainly try another bottle.

  1. March 23, 2012 at 8:25 am

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