2016 Sauvignon Blanc Ritchie Vineyard Russian River Valley

100% Sauvignon Blanc

“Aged in concrete, this ‘wow’ of a wine is nuanced in nutty almond, Meyer lemon and crisp grapefruit. Sleek and smooth, it features bright focused acidity that complements the complex savory fruit and hints of lemongrass and ginger. 93pts | Editors’ Choice ” – Wine Enthusiast | Virginie Boone | June 2018

other reviews

“This Sauvignon Blanc comes from 44 year-old vines growing in sandy Goldridge Loam over volcanic rock in the renowned Ritchie Vineyard. The richness and minerality of this site are honed through whole-cluster pressing and native yeast fermentation in concrete egg-shaped fermenters. Aged for eight months, sur lies.” – David Ramey

palate

Grapefruit oil and lime zest balance bold mineral character.

vintage notes

2016 began with another very early bloom, leading to a very early harvest in Sonoma County; our first fruit arrived August 5. During maturation, summer temperatures were warm and steady, with fewer heat spikes than 2015. Three weeks of cool weather in August and September relaxed the pace of harvest, allowing for methodical picking decisions and perfectly developed fruit. Yields were relatively average – down from 2014 and up from 2015.

winemaking

Whole cluster pressed, native yeast, non-malolactic fermentation and sur lies aged in 89% concrete egg and 11% neutral oak for eight months; bottled unfiltered.

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