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A gate fabricated of open metalwork invites you to enter La Rusticana d’Orsa. Conceived and designed by Marilyn Dorsa, it reveals the spirit of the ranch. At its center is the family crest surrounded throughout the structure by grapes and leaves representing the vineyards, while across the top, spiraling cloud abstractions symbolize life’s self-renewing energy and stylized acanthus leaves announce that this place offers protection to all creatures.


La Rusticana d’Orsa is a unique estate of rare beauty tucked away in the Santa Cruz Mountains, an appellation dedicated to fine wine production since the 1880s. The life’s work of Frank and Marilyn Dorsa, the vineyard is set atop terraced rolling hills delineated by rock walls and accented by roses, Italian Cypresses, sculpture gardens, lily ponds, and fountains. It is a spiritual microcosm of Old World charm and peace seemingly light-years away from the bustling Silicon Valley below.

MEDALS

2010 La Rusticana d'Orsa Cinque

Double Gold - New World International Wine Competition
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Double Gold - Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
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Gold - Pacific Rim Wine Competition
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Gold - Winemaker Challenge
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Silver - American Wine Society Commercial Wine Competition
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Silver - Consumer Wine Competition
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Silver - Critics Challenge International Wine Competition
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Silver - Grand Harvest Awards
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Silver - El Dorado County Fair Commercial Wine Competition
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Silver - International Wine Channel Awards
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Silver - International Women's Wine Competition
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Silver - Monterey Wine Competition
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Silver - Riverside International Wine Competition
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Silver - San Diego County Fair Wine Competition
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Silver - Sommelier Challenge
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Bronze - Dallas Morning News Wine Competition
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Bronze - Orange County Commercial Wine Competition
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Bronze - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
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Bronze - San Francisco International Wine Competition
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Bronze - Sunset International Wine Competition

2009 La Rusticana d'Orsa Cinque

Gold - Consumer Wine Awards at Lodi
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Silver - Florida State Fair International Wine Competition
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Silver - San Diego International Wine Competition
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Silver - New World International Wine Competition
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Silver - Monterey Wine Competition
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Silver - Finger Lakes International Wine Competition

2008 La Rusticana d'Orsa

Platinum - Consumer Wine Awards at Lodi
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Double Gold - New York Finger Lakes Wine Competition
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Gold - Florida State Fair International Wine Competition
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Gold - Monterey Wine Competition
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Gold - San Diego International Wine Competition
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Silver - Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition
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Silver - Dallas Morning News Wine Competition
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Silver - Pacific Rim Wine Competition
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Bronze - Grand Harvest Awards
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Bronze - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

 

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