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2016 RICKSHAW SAUVIGNON BLANC 

 

We source our Sauvignon Blanc throughout Northern California, looking for parcels that deliver both great freshness and a sense of depth. The combination of these elements is a crucial factor for producing the exceptional Sauvignon Blanc for which we strive.

TASTING NOTES | The 2016 growing season was the last of the drought years in California which definitely ended with the deluge of the winter between 2016 and 2017. Harvests were the earliest in memory with many of our Sauvignon Blanc parcels being picked in early August. These conditions produced wines that are full of depth and intensity. 

The 2016 Rickshaw Sauvignon Blanc is a nice blend tropical fruit notes framed by a slight savory touch. It opens up with beautiful aromatics of jasmine, white peach, passion fruit, and a slight hint of fresh meadow. Flavors of candied lemon, orchard fruits, mint, sage and the slightest tropical hint of guava on the zippy frame. With great acidity and minerality, this wine begs for repeated gulps.


 

2015 RICKSHAW CHARDONNAY

 

While the 2015 vintage produced a painfully small quantity of grapes, the quality was simply exceptional.  The low yields helped to produce wines of impressive depth and concentration. As with years past, we sourced Chardonnay from coastal areas up and down the California coastline where the cool influence of the Pacific Ocean moderates temperatures.

TASTING NOTES | The 2015 Chardonnay was made in a combination of French oak and stainless steel ferments and aging vessels.  We chose to have a later release date this year to allow the wine in barrel more time to develop.  This has paid off in an additional layer of depth and nuance in the wine. 
The wine leads off with aromas of white peach and vanilla spice.  In the mouth is bursts with notes of lemon, guava, honeysuckle and cream.  The flavors are melded together in fine balance and underpinned with a vivacious finish and lingering sense of brightness.


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2015 RICKSHAW PINOT NOIR

 

Over the past few years we've consistently added to our rolodex of sources for high quality Pinot Noir. We are now working with somebody somewhere, in nearly every California AVA where good Pinot Noir is made, to source parcels that are true to Pinot Noir's beguiling nature.

Across California, 2015 will go down as one of the best years quality-wise for coastal Pinot Noir. Low yields and drought made the conditions right for small clusters and wines of striking depth and purity. The low yields mean that most of our wines are more limited than in any previous vintages, but the quality is off the charts. 

TASTING NOTES | The 2015 RICKSHAW Pinot Noir jumps out of the glass with high-toned aromas of red fruit and earthy notes. In the mouth it possesses bright cherry, candied kumquat, and mossy evergreen notes. Endlessly energetic, this Pinot is the ultimate versatile wine, working well for an aperitif to pairing with king salmon or skirt steak with chimichurri.


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2015 RICKSHAW Cabernet 

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The 2015 vintage was a blessing and a curse.  Yields ended up being painfully low in many places in Northern California after three relatively big vintages in row.  The vines sought to recover by producing less fruit, and the drought was once again a factor.  On the flip side, the small amount of fruit that was produced by the vines tended to be extraordinary. The vintage is exceptionally concentrated and possesses extra levels of complexity.  The quality is perhaps the best we’ve seen this decade.

TASTING NOTES | 2015 RICKSHAW Cabernet is a compelling wine from the get-go with a potpourri of aromas including macerated cherries, violets, bay and cocoa.  It’s followed by flavors of black cherry, framboise, chocolate covered espresso bean, and plum.  The wine carries through with excellent length and a certain refreshment that invites the next sip. We used our toolkit of Bordeaux blending varieties to give this wine an extra sense of class and presence on the palate.  Each component gently framing and lifting the Cabernet Sauvignon.