The Rubio Estate
- Their southwestern facing vineyard site is located 14 miles from the Pacific in Valle de Guadalupe at an elevation of 1,150 ft.
- Vineyards are farmed organically.
- Situated higher on the valley wall than most estates, their vineyards have the best access to fresh water and are slightly cooler than other sites.
- Soil composition in their vineyard is decomposed granite and clay.
- They are the definition of a family run winery - all grapes are picked by hand and every family memeber has a role in an aspect of the operation. The tribe stays together.
- The elephants on the labels each represent specific members of the family. The animal serves as a symbol of the fact that elephants always operate in packs or family units and have the survival strategy of surrounding, (rather than out running as is the strategy of survival for many species) the young, fragile and old members of the community when under attack. If you visit their winery, you find their father running the tastings, their mother serving the food, the cousin making the wine, the younger brother running the kitchen, etc.
Total production: 10 acres under vine, 6 wines, 2,000 cases
2017 Reserva (Magnum 1.5L) - Bodegas F. Rubio
Tasting Notes and Drinking Window:
The Rubio family's premium wine, this is the first time the Reserva has been released to the general public. Simply put this is their finest grapes selected one by one and aged in the best barrels. The result is a full-bodied wine with a quality of expression that needs to be tasted to be understood and a lift and grace across the palate as if it had wings.
Drinking window: Now - 20 years
75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 10% Malbec
Bodegas F. Rubio
Alberto Rubio - Mexican
Valle de Guadalupe - Estate vineyards composed of clay and decomposed sandstone mix. The site is one of the highest on the valley wall and has a gentle slope that faces southwest.
The best berries from the 2017 vintage were selected berry by berry for the lot before being pressed and fermented in french oak barrels. Once fermentation was complete, the wine was racked into new French oak barrels and aged for 18 months before bottling. Sulfites 40ppm