2014 Sauvignon Blanc Ritchie Vineyard Russian River Valley – sold out

100% Sauvignon Blanc

reviews

“A beautifully balanced, solidly yet richly constructed Sauvignon Blanc from a superb vineyard…Although a wine of restrained ripeness, at 13.5% alcohol, it shows as open, rich and complex with admirable volume and depth, and yet there is balance rather than sprawl at every turn…” – Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine | Charles Olken & Stephen Eliot | February 2016 | 93 pts

“This Sauvignon Blanc comes from 35 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 seven months, sur lies.” – David Ramey

palate

Grapefruit oil and lime zest balance bold mineral character.

vintage notes

2014 began with a dry winter and early spring. Much needed rain relieved the vines in February and March. Nighttime temperatures dropped to the 50’s at the peak of ripening while days remained warm, promoting slow, even ripening.

winemaking

Whole cluster pressed, native yeast, non-malolactic fermentation and sur lies aged in concrete eggs for eight months; bottled unfiltered.

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