Cutruzzola Vineyards

Owner(s) Francis Cutruzzola
Web site www.cutruzzolavineyards.com
 
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Located in a coastal valley seven miles east of the town of Cambria on California's Central Coast. 2 acres planted to Riesling and 5 acres to Pinot Noir. Clones are Pommard 5, 667, 828, 115 and 23.

The winemaker is Stephen Dooley of Stephen Ross Wine Cellars. Less than 100 cases of Gloria Estate Pinot Noir were produced in the 2009 vintage.

Reviewed Wines

2013 Cutruzzola Gloria San Luis Obispo County Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.42, TA 0.59, 441 cases, $40. 10% whole cluster, inoculated fermentation with Assmannhausen and RC212 yeasts. Aged 10 months in 100% French oak barrels, 30% new. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Welcoming nose alive with scents of boysenberry, raspberry and a hint of herbs. Light to mid weight flavors of cherry, raspberry and boysenberry with a touch of spice and oak seasoning. Very pleasant on the palate, with a suede texture, good acid tension, finishing dry with a slight grip of tannin. Even better the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Score: 91. Reviewed April 5, 2015 ARTICLE »

2012 Cutruzzola Riven Rock Vineyard San Luis Obispo County Riesling

12.5% alc., pH 3.05, TA 0.62, 440 cases, $22. A long, cool fermentation was stopped at 2.3% residual sugar to balance the pH. · Light golden yellow color in the glass. Drinks like a dry wine with aromas and flavors of lemonlime (7-Up), blood orange, vanillin, petrol and rum cake. Moderately viscous with good supporting acidity. A California-styled Riesling. Score: 89. Reviewed April 5, 2015 ARTICLE »

2012 Cutruzulla Vineyards Gloria San Louis Obispo County Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.47, TA 0.59, 290 cases, $40. “Koo-troot-ZOL-a.” The Riven Rock Vineyard responded to the ideal 2012 growing season by producing its largest crop to date, but still less than 1 ton-per-acre! The vineyard is located in a coastal valley just outside the town of Cambria on California’s Central Coast. 5 acres are planted to Pinot Noir and 2 acres ro Riesling. Many of vineyard blocks contain limestone soils. The winemaker is Stephen Dooley of Stephen Ross Wine Cellars. Pommard 5, 115, 667, “828,” and 23. Aged 10 months in 30% new French oak barrels. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with aromas of black cherry, sarsaparilla, and baking spices including nutmeg and cola. The medium to full bodied and fully ripened cherry, dark berry and plum fruits fill the mouth with pleasure. A dash of oak-driven toast and vanilla adds interest. The soft demeanor on the palate is particularly appealing and the finish is long and pleasurable. Score: 92. Reviewed March 29, 2014 ARTICLE »

2011 Cutruzzola Vineyards Gloria San Luis Obispo County Pinot Noir

13.2% alc., p;H 3.75, TA 0.63, 38 cases, $N/A. The Cutruzzola Riven Rock Vineyard is located 7 miles east of the town of Cambria on California’s Central Coast. 5 acres are planted to Pinot Noir including Pommard 5, 667, “828,” 115 and 23. Aged 10 months in 60% French oak barrels and 40% in stainless steel. · Moderately light red color in the glass. Welcoming aromas of red cherry, sandalwood and a hint of new oak. Elegant and supple on the palate, with modestly intense flavors of fresh red cherries and a hint of wood tar and spice in the background. The tannins are silky and the acidity adds enough verve for refreshing drinking. A very feminine, pleasing offering that is cozy and approachable. Score: 89. Reviewed December 18, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Cutruzzola Riven Rock Vineyard San Luis Obispo Riesling

12.5% alc., $22. Fermented in stainless steel. · Pale yellow color and clear in the glass. Aromas of lemon curd, vanilla, oiled wood and leather boot. Enjoyable flavors of lemon and white peach with a hint of petrol in the background. Slightly creamy with good finishing acidity. A unique expression of dry Riesling. Score: 89. Reviewed April 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2010 Cutruzzola Vineyards Gloria San Luis Obispo County Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., $34 (by the case). · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Strutting aromas of red cherries, fruit leather, sandalwood and rose petals. Delicious flavors of boysenberry and black cherry cola complimented by cardamom spice. The cherry really sings in this wine on the relatively long finish. Nicely balanced and ready for prime time now. Very good. Reviewed June 4, 2013 ARTICLE »