Deloach Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Ritchie 2008

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In the heart of the cool Russian River Valley, the gently sloped Ritchie Vineyard bends around a northwest-facing knoll of fine, well drained Goldridge loam soil. The struggling gnarly vines, planted nearly 40 years ago, yield small grape clusters with ripe skins and concentrated, rich fruit character that are hand-picked and sorted. The juice in 2008 was inoculated with a strain of yeast from the Loire region of France, notable for the naturally enhancing Sauvignon Blanc varietal characteristics. Barrel fermentation and sur lie aging in French oak lend firmness and palate richness, establishing structure for this wine to retain depth and complexity for several years. The nose offers aromas of white pepper, citrus and fresh cut grass. On the palate, rich layers of Ruby grapefruit, Lychee ice cream and sourgrass join to create a plush, yet defined mouthfeel.

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Color: White
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
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DeLoach Vineyards:
DeLoach Vineyards pioneered Pinot Noir wine growing in the Russian River Valley when Cecil DeLoach, a firefighter from San Francisco with a passion for winemaking, first planted the grape in 1973. In 2003, DeLoach Vineyards was purchased by the Boisset Family from Burgundy, France, when Jean-Charles Boisset fell in love with the Russian River Valley on his first visit to the area, immediately r... Read more
DeLoach Vineyards pioneered Pinot Noir wine growing in the Russian River Valley when Cecil DeLoach, a firefighter from San Francisco with a passion for winemaking, first planted the grape in 1973. In 2003, DeLoach Vineyards was purchased by the Boisset Family from Burgundy, France, when Jean-Charles Boisset fell in love with the Russian River Valley on his first visit to the area, immediately recognizing the similarities between Sonoma County and Burgundy: each boast a confluence of river, mountains, and soil that is perfect for growing world-class Pinot Noir. A recognized authority on biodynamic, organic, and sustainable winemaking, the Boisset Family had been using these eco-friendly practices in their estate vineyards in Burgundy and understood the positive effects they had on the health of the land and the quality of the wine. In 2004 the family brought that vision here to DeLoach Vineyards. Showing our dedication to the environment, we tore up award-winning, highly-lauded vineyards after the 2004 vintage and replanted with cover crops designed to revitalize the soil. New vines were planted in 2006, and the first vintage grown with biodynamic farming techniques will be the eagerly-awaited 2010 vintage. In the meantime, we continue to produce world-class wine by partnering with winegrowers who are equally dedicated to and passionate about eco-friendly farming practices and the production of high-quality wines of distinction. At DeLoach Vineyards, we focus on small-lot winemaking, giving exceptional care and attention to our Russian River Valley, O.F.S. and Vineyard Designate wines. Our passion is Pinot Noir - the noble variety of Burgundy that demands a delicate, labor-intensive process to showcase the exceptional terroir and complexity of the Russian River Valley and beyond. The diligence required to produce truly original, terroir-driven Pinot Noir is given to each wine that we craft. In keeping with our Burgundian Heritage, we use French open-top wood fermentors for all of our Russian River Valley, O.F.S, and Vineyard Designate Pinot Noirs, as well as our old-vine Zinfandel. We also practice hand punch-downs, known as pigeage -- another Burgundian winemaking tradition. Tasting Room Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Groups with more than ten guests are accepted by appointment. Read less
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Layered Rice Pudding

RiceSelect's fragrant Jasmati® is blended with eggs, milk and fall's favorite spices, cinnamon and nutmeg, to create a delicious rice pudding, which is layered on top of fluffy cream cheese and abuttery pecan crust. Pairs well with a bold, tawny port with flavors of dried fruits, nuts, and spices.

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Snooth User: rhwine
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04/06/2011

Very nice crisp Sauvignon Blanc. Pure fruit.



In the heart of the cool Russian River Valley, the gently sloped Ritchie Vineyard bends around a northwest-facing knoll of fine, well drained Goldridge loam soil. The struggling gnarly vines, planted nearly 40 years ago, yield small grape clusters with ripe skins and concentrated, rich fruit character that are hand-picked and sorted. The juice in 2008 was inoculated with a strain of yeast from the Loire region of France, notable for the naturally enhancing Sauvignon Blanc varietal characteristics. Barrel fermentation and sur lie aging in French oak lend firmness and palate richness, establishing structure for this wine to retain depth and complexity for several years. The nose offers aromas of white pepper, citrus and fresh cut grass. On the palate, rich layers of Ruby grapefruit, Lychee ice cream and sourgrass join to create a plush, yet defined mouthfeel.

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Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.6%

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