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Rulo Winery: Worthy of the Cellar


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I have been drinking the wines of Rulo Winery for a few years.  Typically I drink the Syrca and Syrah, usually in my hotel room in Seattle.  With Maryland allowing direct shipping I thought it would be fun to tasted a range of their wines back home with Jenn.  Rulo Winery is the product of Kurt and Vicki.  They built the winery with their own funds, vinifiy the wines themselves, and even distribute them.  The fruit is sourced from strong vineyards and I think this shows in the quality of the flavors.  What also shows in the red wines are an ample dose of very fine, powerful tannins.  It is true that this may be distracting at times but it is best to let these age for the short-term.  If you must try a bottle then do so with food.  These wines were purchased from Rulo Winery.

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2011 Rulo Winery, Grenache Blanc, Boushey Vineyard, Yakima Valley – $25
This wine is 100% Grenache Blanc sourced from the Boushey Vineyard.  Alcohol 13.2%.  The color was a very light straw.  The light to medium nose was evocative of Sauvignon Blanc with its vibrant, fresh grassy aromas.  In the mouth there were similarly crisp flavors of pink grapefruit, vibrant acidity, and a tangy finish.  It revealed some ripe texture in the aftertaste.  ** Now.

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2011 Rulo Winery, Chardonnay, Birch Creek Vineyard, Columbia Valley – $20
This wine is 100% Chardonnay sourced from the Birch Creek Vineyard.  Alcohol 14.1%.  The color was a very light yellow straw.  The light nose was of white and yellow fruit along with some toast.  There was bright white fruit in the mouth which slowly built controlled ripeness.  There was creamy weight, spices, and texture along with vibrant acidity.  With air peach flavors came out and some juiciness.  This showed good integration of acidity and spices.  *** Now-2016.

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2009 Rulo Winery, Syrca, Columbia Valley – $16
This wine is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from Red Mountain and Horse Heaven Hills and 30% Syrah sourced from Red Mountain.  It was aged for 26 months in 50% new French oak.  Alcohol 14.5%.  The color was a medium purple, black cherry.  There was tight, dark red fruit in the mouth which left a sense that the wine was firming up.  There was a hint of vanilla, good acidity, and very fine, powerful tannins which coated and dried the cheeks.  **(*) 2014-2018.

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NV Rulo Winery, WCF, Columbia Valley – $25
This wine is a blend of 64% 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from The Benches in Horse Heaven Hills and 36% 2009 Syrah sourced from Clifton Vineyard in Wahluke Slope.  Alcohol 14.5%.  The color was a medium+ purple, grapey darkness.  The nose was light and tight with savory aromas of vanilla and black fruit.  In the mouth the Cabernet Sauvignon comes out with black red fruit.  The wine is weighty and a touch savory as some vanilla comes out.  It becomes bigger and riper as a wave of flavor fills the mouth.  There were very fine, tannins which, though riper than the Syrca, still dried the mouth in the aftertaste.  *** Now-2017.

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2009 Rulo Winery, Syrah, Columbia Valley – $25
This wine is 100% Syrah sourced from River Rock in Walla Walla, Ranch at the End of the Road in Red Mountain, and Clifton Hill Vineyard in Wahluke Slope.  Alcohol 14.5%.  The nose preceeds the mouth with its slightly creamy blue and black fruit.  There was a little vanilla flavor before spicy tannins from oak came out.  It showed more structure with air in the way of very fine, powerful tannins.  The finish mixed a dark note with Big Red spices.  Stick this in the cellar.  **(*) 2018-2030.

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2009 Rulo Winery, Silo, Clifton Hill Vineyard, Columbia Valley – $30
This wine is 100% Syrah sourced from the Clifton Hill Vineyard.  Alcohol 14.7%.  The color was a medium+ black cherry with a purple rim.  The start was a little tart with fresh red and black fruits, showing some controlled ripe, red fruit in the middle.  There were concentrated black fruit and minerals that were well integrated with salivating acidity on the sides of the tongue.  The minerally and steely finish made way to an aftertaste with very fine, powerful tannins.  Despite this dose of tannins the fruit readily absorbed it.  *** Now-2025.

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