When our friend Kent Ritchie gave us a call last year offering us some of his Sauvignon Blanc, we thought it would be a great opportunity to show what we could do with the Russian River appellation fruit. With Kent's property being the cooler Russian River area, as well as having substantially older plantings, the grapes ripen more slowly. This harvest date was two weeks after the Ryan's Vineyard.
The first aromas that come from the glass are white peach and pear, which persist as notes of passion fruit and mineral qualities build. The mouthfeel is what you might expect from both old vines and the Russian River; a viscous texture, but it maintains a beautifully focused acidity.
"The 2013 Sauvignon Blanc Ritchie Vineyard is soft, textured an exquisite. Melon, pear, lychee and white flowers meld together nicely in this silky, expressive Sauvignon from one of the Russian River's top sites. The layered, creamy finish, with its expressive varietal notes, is particularly of note. The malo is blocked, but lees stirring adds quite a bit of texture. -90 pts."
-Antonio Galloni, Vinous
"The 2013 Sauvignon Blanc Ritchie Vineyard was barrel-aged in exactly the same way, but it comes from Goldridge soils and much older vines. It is a more exotic Sauvignon revealing notes of honeysuckle, melons, tangerines and oranges, fresh acidity, and a medium-bodied, intense mouthfeel displaying a hint of peaches. An ostentatiously styled Sauvignon Blanc made from 30-year-old vines, it should drink well for several years. -91 pts."
-Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
- Winemaker - Robbie Meyer
- Production: 200 cases
- Russian River Valley Appellation
- Harvested in September 2013
- Whole Cluster Press
- Barrel Fermented
- Wild Yeast Fermentation
- Non-Malolactic Fermentation
- Neutral Oak
- Barrel Aged 8 Months
- Bottled in April 2014
- $30 per bottle