The grapes for this wine were sourced from our estate vineyards in southern Monterey County, a part of California’s renowned Central Coast. This region experiences warm, sunny days followed by cool winds in the late afternoon and chilly nights. The high day-to-night temperature differential results in a long growing season and allows the grapes to achieve fully developed varietal flavors and well-balanced acidity.
On the heels of a picture-perfect 2014 growing season, the 2015 vintage was another beaut. Spring came early and lasted long, with temperate conditions and ideal temperatures. Cool nights and overcast mornings followed by breezy warm afternoons made the summer months ideal for even ripening and good flavor development. At the winery, the fruit was carefully sorted, fermented in small lots, and aged with a combination of French and American oak. In comprising the final blend, a small amount of Syrah and Petit Verdot was added to enhance the complexity and heighten the fruit.
Our 2015 Ryder Estate Merlot has pure red fruit aromas with vibrant flavors of black cherry and raspberry and a soft-on-the palate feel. It is a wonderfully balanced wine with lush fruit features and a subtle spiciness and earthiness.