About 18 months ago while in the Napa Valley, I stopped in at the Napa Trader Joe’s store in the Bel Aire Plaza. The wine guy told me to try a bottle of the Ruston Cuvée Simone for $9.99. There was only one case left of what was an 8-case allotment at the store. I tried the wine out in the parking lot and immediately went back and bought the rest of the case.
While shopping at TJ’s on Monday, I spotted the Ruston 2008 Sauvignon Blanc on the shelf for $6.99. It has no UPC code on the label so the checker had to ask for a price. I chilled the wine for about an hour and a half before trying a sip or two. Wow! What an amazing Sauvignon Blanc. The mouth feel is quite full with a bit of creaminess. The aroma has a touch of honey and melon but no big citrus like most California S.B. wines. The finish is long and full. I used the Wine-Searcher to find out where the wine is being sold. There was only one wine shop, the Woodland Hills Wine Company, selling this wine for $14.99.
I called the winery and talk to the owner John Ruston. John explained he is clearing inventory and Trader Joe’s is quick and handy when you want to do this in a hurry. John told me that a small amount of the wine was barrel fermented in neutral oak barrels, hence the fuller mouth feel. 10% of the wine is Semillon and the rest Sauvignon Blanc, all from the Gamble Vineyard in Yountville that is entirely organically farmed. This wine is an excellent value at $6.99. John thinks that each store has been allocated only 2 cases, so act fast if you are interested in this wine.
I looked up the wine on the Wine Advocate and Robert Parker’s team gave this wine an 89-point rating.