2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County BUY WINE
Ritchie Vineyard, Russian River Valley
With a long, cool growing season, the cool climate of the Russian River Valley keeps wines crisp while allowing the natural character of the climate to shine through. For more than forty years, Kent Ritchie has farmed his eponymous vineyard site in the Russian River Valley. Planted in 1972, the Ritchie Vineyard sits on a northwest-facing slop on Goldridge soils – a perfect site for expressive Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
The grapes offer a combination of a sophisticated Sancerre of the Loire Valley and the grassier New Zealand selections. This is a California wine for a Sauvignon Blanc enthusiast.
Pale straw gold in color, the 2014 Sauvignon Blanc is the sum of three distinct parts. At first, bold citrus and tropical notes dominate: Meyer lemon, grapefruit, lychee, honeydew melon, pineapple and kiwi. Secondary notes balance the fruit with lemongrass, clover and a hint of sweet ginger. Tertiary flavors of wet rock, shortbread and vanilla round the palette and draw the juicy tropical notes through the finish. The bright acidity brings focus to the lush citrus and ripe fruit notes while finishing with bright key lime and stony minerality.
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