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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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2014 RICKSHAW PINOT NOIR

 

We source this RICKSHAW Pinot from a variety of coastal cool-climate vineyards with a large percentage coming from the Sonoma Coast.

The wine is fermented in small open top vessels and aged in a combination of new (10%), once used (15%), and neutral (75%) French Oak barrels. As always, pure Pinot flavor and exquisite balance are the goals with this wine.

TASTING NOTES | The 2014 Rickshaw Pinot Noir balances the ethereal nature of the grape with depth that is capable in warm California vintages. It flashes a whole range of berry flavors from wild blackberry to blueberry to Rainier cherry. This blend of fruit rides atop notes of wet earth, black tea and warm Indian spice notes. The finish is bright and long lasting.


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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.