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A collection of wines crafted by a team of artisans including Merlot, Chardonnay, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir. The Rio Ruso Pinot Noir is sourced from the Russian River Valley.
The winemaker is Pedro Vargas, a University of California at Davis trained vintner.
2011 Vino Vargas Rio Ruso Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.1% alc., $45. Rio Ruso is Spanish for Russian River. Aged in 30% new French oak barrels. Winemaker Pedro Vargas. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of black cherry and ripe strawberry with a slight roasted quality. Fruit flavors of black cherry and blackberry push the ripeness envelope, but are quite tasty. A hint of cola and spice add interest. Nicely crafted and very approachable with mild fine grain tannins. Score: 88. Reviewed September 29, 2013 ARTICLE »