Robert Rue Vineyard

Sonoma County region

A true family affair, with a well-deserved record for success


It seems that Bob and Carlene Rue, owners of tiny Robert Rue Vineyard, are a throwback to a number of similar couples that inhabited Northern California’s vineyard land at the beginning of California’s modern wine renaissance during the 1960’s and 70’s. Many of these couples came to Northern California searching for land that could provide them with an opportunity to become a part of the budding world-class wine producing industry, and make their mark on the golden soils of the region. Bob and Carlene’s opportunity came in 1973, when a relative suggested they inspect a small 10 acre vineyard in Sonoma County that was planted to the ever-popular Zinfandel grape. The couple liked what they saw and immediately bought the property.

Bob Rue started farming the small piece of land and traced the plantings back to just before the start of the 20th Century – making his old vine Zinfandel grapes over 100 years old. These grapes became highly sought after by a number of nearby wineries, and after watching these grapes turn into countless award-winning wines, Bob and Carlene decided to give winemaking a try themselves.

Robert Rue Vineyard debuted in 2001, with a small initial release of 650 cases. With the vineyard’s history of success, the wine was met with excellent reviews. Bob Rue had sought out winemaker consultant Carol Shelton, and the team proved to be the perfect match for the small family winery. Today, Bob and Carlene are assisted by their two daughters and their husbands, making Robert Rue Vineyard a true family affair, with a well-deserved record for success.

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A Note from Bob & Carlene

Dear Platinum Series Member,

We are proud to have our Wood Road Zinfandel featured as a Platinum Series selection. Robert Rue Vineyards is a story about the transition of grape grower to a small boutique winery in 2000, producing less than 1,000 cases annually.

Our 2005 Wood Road Reserve Zinfandel bursts with classic aromas of spicy raspberry and vanilla oak, which follows through to a wonderful mouth feel of vanilla oak, hints of black pepper, blackberry, blueberry and cocoa. Wine competitions have been very good to us for this 2005 vintage. We were selected as the BEST NEW WORLD INTERNATIONAL ZIN at the Jerry Mead’s New World Wine Competition. To date we have won four Gold Medals in the top 10 national wine competitions.

Open your bottle; drink it tonight or save it for that special meal for yourself and/or special guests. This is a wine we definitely love to share with our friends. We hope you enjoy the wine as much as we enjoy making it.

Best wishes,

Bob and Carlene Rue
Caretakers of Robert Rue Vineyards since 1973