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Winemaker Susan Meyer
Winemaker Susan Meyer and her husband, Jim Fresquez, took over the reins of the operation in 1990.
Helping Susan handcraft the estate-bottled wines produced by RustRidge is distinguished consultant winemaker Kent Rosenblum. Vines are organically grown and dry farmed. The grapes are used by Susan and Kent to create RustRidge's spectrum of award-winning wines, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Zinfandel.
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RustRidge Winery St. Helena, CA 94574 www.RustRidge.com
2910 Lower Chiles Valley Road
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 965-9353
Fax : 707 965-9263
Email: rustridge@rustridge.com
Tasting room hours: --- (Map)
By appointment only.
It's only a 15-minute drive from the Silverado Trail in the Napa Valley to RustRidge Ranch & Winery, but it's a drive that takes you far, far away from the hustle and clatter (map & directions). Just beyond peaceful Lake Hennessy, RustRidge is located on 450 acres in Chiles Valley, a region known to produce exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel grapes.
With a ranch style Bed & Breakfast on site, sweeping views of vineyards, pastures, playful foals and ancient oak trees, and a tasting room that's pleasing to the palate in all ways, RustRidge Ranch & Winery may be a little off the beaten track...but's it's definitely on the right track for wine adventurers.
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1997 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Appellation: Chiles Valley
  • Winemaker: Susan Meyer
  • The color of this wine is a deeply rich burgundy that coats the glass. The bouquet reveals a complexity that starts with a Bordeaux-like earthiness and opens to reveal a touch of saddle leather, cigar-box cedar, a hint of anise and cranberry. The cranberry reigns on the palate with a dash of sour cherry. The tannins and acidity of the wine indicate longevity. We suggest pairing it with hearty cheeses and meats, or, better yet a combination of the two - try a butter and blue cheese melt over a fi... ...read more
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  • $55.00
    Regular
    as of 01/15
    Email

    Order Direct Online
    Phone: (707) 965-9353
    Fax: (707).965-9263
    Tastings by Appointment
    "By appointment only.["
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    1999 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Appellation: Chiles Valley
  • Winemaker: Susan Meyer
  • The bouquet reveals ripe dark cherries and spice with hints of anise and chocolate and flavors of rich ripe black cherries, minerals and spice. A 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, it shows a wonderful balance and structure of extract and acidity which will make the wine a candidate for longevity in the cellar.
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  • $35.00
    Regular
    as of 01/15
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    Phone: (707) 965-9353
    Fax: (707).965-9263
    Tastings by Appointment
    "By appointment only.["
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    2000 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Appellation: Chiles Valley
  • Winemaker: Susan Meyer
  • The initial aromas of this wine are raspberry and vanilla. Further exploration reveals dark chocolate and cocoa aromas that continue through to the palate. The wine finishes with the same flavors of dark chocolate and vanilla and with subtle tannins. This Cabernet was aged for 24 months in French Oak and is soft and velvety and very drinkable now but will continue to develop for another 3-5 years.
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  • $45.00
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    Phone: (707) 965-9353
    Fax: (707).965-9263
    Tastings by Appointment
    "By appointment only.["
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    2003 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Appellation: Chiles Valley
  • Winemaker: Susan Meyer
  • An antithetical Cabernet, the 2003 RustRidge Estate Cabernet is full of contrast and complexity. The bright red, cherry-candy color appears too fun to even begin to denote the sophistication of this wine and foreshadows the union of opposites that will pervade the senses. The nose offers warm black current and cool cherry cream with a sprinkle of cocoa powder. Underneath lies a hint of finely integrated oak. The texture is soft and supple, but with fine-grain, velvety tannins on the finish. Dry ... ...read more
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  • $60.00
    Regular
    as of 01/15
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    Phone: (707) 965-9353
    Fax: (707).965-9263
    Tastings by Appointment
    "By appointment only.["
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    2004 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Appellation: Chiles Valley
  • Winemaker: Susan Meyer
  • The 2004 Estate Cabernet is a cultured wine of elegance and finesse. The classic RustRidge components of cherry and cassis with a touch of anise and blackberry tea are apparent on the nose and palate. Hints of mineral and wild herb flirt on the mid palette. The judicious use of oak and defined acidity combine to produce a cab of intense varietal integrity and food friendliness. This is a very site-specific, terroir-driven Cabernet Sauvignon.
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  • $40.00
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    as of 01/15
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    Phone: (707) 965-9353
    Fax: (707).965-9263
    Tastings by Appointment
    "By appointment only.["
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    2003 Zinfandel
  • Appellation: Napa Valley
  • Winemaker: Susan Meyer
  • The 2003 Estate Zinfandel embodies the definition of Zinfandel aromatics and flavors crafted in the classic claret style. Upon the initial pour, the eye is greeted with a deep garnet color and the nose with cocoa powder and bright raspberry. This medium bodied Zinfandel has an amazing framework of acidity, dusty tannins and a long, dry finish. As the wine begins to open, the tannins become silkier and the viscosity of the wine increases, eventually morphing into raspberry and cherry jam hedonism... ...read more
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  • $50.00
    Regular
    as of 01/15
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    Phone: (707) 965-9353
    Fax: (707).965-9263
    Tastings by Appointment
    "By appointment only.["
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    2004 Estate Zinfandel
  • Appellation: Chiles Valley
  • Winemaker: Susan Meyer
  • The 2004 Estate Zinfandel greets you with aromatics of classic briar fruit and an intriguing touch of strawberry leading to vibrant flavors of red fruit. The mouth feel is elegant and satiny smooth with a long and silky finish. This is a classic claret-style Zinfandel.
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  • $30.00
    Regular
    as of 01/15
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    Phone: (707) 965-9353
    Fax: (707).965-9263
    Tastings by Appointment
    "By appointment only.["
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    2005 Racehorse Red
  • Appellation: Napa Valley
  • Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel,
  • Winemaker: Susan Meyer
  • 2005 Racehorse Red has arrived! This is our second release of this popular wine. A luscious blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel, it is a full bodied wine with cherry and current flavors, Chiles Valley spice and a long and smooth finish.
  • 1189 cases produced
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  • $25.00
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    Phone: (707) 965-9353
    Fax: (707).965-9263
    Tastings by Appointment
    "By appointment only.["
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    2005 Chardonnay
  • Appellation: Chiles Valley
  • Winemaker: Susan Meyer
  • Estate Chardonnay, barrel fermented sur lees for one year; 100 % Malolactic fermentation makes this a rich yet well structured wine with vibrant acidity and flinty minerals.
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  • $30.00
    Regular
    as of 01/15
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    Phone: (707) 965-9353
    Fax: (707).965-9263
    Tastings by Appointment
    "By appointment only.["
    White ---
    2005 Racehorse White
  • Appellation: Napa Valley
  • Chardonnay
  • Winemaker: Susan Meyer
  • This is the inaugural release of Racehorse White. The Racehorse series is an ode to our two biggest passions at RustRidge Ranch & Winery – artisan wine and Thoroughbred racehorses. The 2005 Racehorse White Napa Valley Chardonnay offers tremendous pedigree at a reasonable price. It is a richly layered and wonderfully structured Chardonnay. Aromas of apple, pear, a hint of kiwi, vanilla cream and stone minerals translate directly to the palate. These flavors meld into a creamy and rich textu... ...read more
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  • $22.50
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    Phone: (707) 965-9353
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    Tastings by Appointment
    "By appointment only.["
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    2006 Sauvignon Blanc
  • Appellation: Napa Valley
  • Winemaker: Susan Meyer
  • This wine has aromas of citrus and pineapple and an initial array of tropical fruit flavors--guava, mango and kiwi-- which give way to flavors of pineapple, fig, grapefuit and lemon peel. On the mid palette is caramel cream and peach followed by a long, lingering green apple finish.
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  • $20.00
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