Van Ruiten - California

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It was the dream of a young Dutch immigrant to grow quality grapes and produce truly outstanding wines. After his arrival in the United States shortly after World War II, John Van Ruiten Sr. settled in the Lodi area. His desire to own l and was quickly realized when in the early 1950’s, and with his personal “sweat equity,” John bought his first vineyard property. He then planted Zinfandel vines and began growing wine grapes in the Lodi Appellation.
The Van Ruitens believe that hard work and an uncompromising commitment to producing top quality grapes and award-winning wines are the cornerstones of their business.
Five decades later, the Van Ruitens farm over 800 acres of wine grapes, with only their optimum fruit destined to carry the family name. After more than fifty years, their ambition became a reality, as the Van Ruiten Family Winery was built just prior to the 2000 harvest. Two generations of the Van Ruiten family now work together to tend the vineyards and manage the winery.

Website: www.vrwinery.com

The Wines

Cabernet Sauvignon

Holds aromas cherry, blackberry, and vanilla. With the flavors of rich black cherry, spice and vanilla. This wine is well structured with integrated tannins. The fruit flavors carry through the midpalate and the finish is long with a lingering spice note.

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Chardonnay

Our Chardonnay has aromas of lemongrass and honey. It is accompanied by flavors of grapefruit, caramel apple, and hints of oak. Bright acidity along with a lingering, smooth vanilla finish.

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Pinot Noir

Our Pinot Noir boasts cherry and cranberry aromas with flavors of cranberry, raspberry, butterscotch, and vanilla.

It has nice structure due to the soft tannin and the fruit flavors carry through to the finish with a lingering spicy note.

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Cab-Shiraz Red Blend

This non-traditional blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz builds upon the Van Ruiten tradition of making a wine blend that is rich and full bodied, yet very approachable.

The nose is filled with dried fruit and assorted dark berries with flavors of blackberry, plum and Bing cherry.

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Old Vine Zinfandel

This Zinfandel has aromas of cherry, plum, bramble fruit, and black pepper. Flavors of cranberry, anise, cherry, spice, and vanilla. This wine has intense fruit flavors with good structure and soft tannins. The finish lingers with pleasant spice notes. These hand picked grapes hail from the original vines that John Van Ruiten Sr. planted in 1952.

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