Pale gold color; yellow apple, pear, lime on the nose; ripe pear, yellow apple, lemon-lime on the palate.
Dry with hint of sweetness; mild acidity (3.78 pH); 100% chardonnay grapes. Fermented and aged in stainless steel; no tannins or oak. Light body, soft and smooth in the mouth. Simple easy drinker. Ideal for casual, everyday sipping. Named for Ron Rubin’s wife, Pam; 12.5% ABV.
Ron Rubin dreamed of a career in wine while at UC Davis in 1971, but spent 22 years working with his family’s business, Central Wholesale Liquor in Mount Vernon, IL. In 1994, his career took a sharp turn when he purchased The Republic of Tea, a California-based tea business, which set him on “ a mission to seek and procure the most exquisite teas from world premier tea gardens, making them accessible to everyone.”
Changes were not over. Website notes: “40 years after Ron’s entry into the beverage industry, his dream came true. He purchased River Road Family Vineyards and Winery, in the Green Valley of the Russian River Valley, in the heart of California’s Sonoma County. Finding himself in the prestigious Green Valley made this ‘dream come true’ even more meaningful.” Ron Rubin’s vineyard and winery are Certified California Sustainable and SIP (Sustainability in Practice) Certified.
Rubin is involved in philanthropy. He is president of the board of directors for Sonoma State University’s Wine Business Institute, advising on the University’s curriculum. In 2015, Rubin became a major donor in support of the Wine Spectator Learning Center’s state-of-the-art education complex and home of the Wine Business Institute.
Ron Rubin Pam’s Unoaked Chardonnay 2020 is a consistent, simple, lean easy drinker. My notes for this vintage track very closely with my notes for the 2018 iteration of this wine. Good, tasty fruit with hint of sweetness. Good QPR (quality-price ratio). Pair with lightly seasoned poultry; pork; meaty fish—cod, halibut; lobster; shrimp; crab; scallops; sushi. Cheese—mild, semi-soft cheeses; gouda, mild blue cheese; goat cheese; feta; mozzarella; burrata. $10-15