2016 Sauvignon Blanc
The grapes for this wine were sourced from two of our estate vineyards in Monterey County, a part of California’s renowned Central Coast. The majority of the blend came from our northern property that is located in the sub-appellation of Arroyo Seco. The brisk conditions of this cool climate vineyard bring grassy and citrus traits to the wine. The warmer site, located about 25 miles south, experiences warmer daytime temperatures and then cools down significantly in the late afternoon. This extra dose of warmth results in a more fruit forward wine.
The 2016 vintage was a year that presented uniquely challenging weather and small crops. Spring came early with bud break in mid-February, followed by mild weather. May turned unseasonably cool and overcast which significantly reduced the size of the berries. Although yields were down considerably, the resulting wines have intense, concentrated flavors and lively acidity
Our 2016 Ryder Estate Sauvignon Blanc has a fragrant, ripe melon aroma. It is lively and zesty on the palate, with lovely notes of citrus and grapefruit that lead into a crisp, refreshing finish.