2017 Sauvignon Blanc Ritchie Vineyard, Russian River Valley
100% Sauvignon Blanc
“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
Grapefruit oil and lime zest balance bold mineral character.
2017 began with a very wet winter. The summer was mild until a significant heatwave around Labor Day sent winemakers and growers scrambling to pick the first wave of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. After the heat wave, temperatures were warm and steady, allowing winemakers to make picking decisions based on optimal fruit maturity rather than impending weather. Our harvest started Aug 21st with the final Merlot from Carneros arriving on October 10th. Yields were very close to projections while fruit quality ranged from great to exceptional, with well-preserved acids, great color and good varietal expression.
Whole cluster pressed, native yeast, non-malolactic fermentation and sur lies aged in 64% concrete egg and 36% neutral oak for eight months; bottled unfiltered.