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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.


 

2016 RICKSHAW CHARDONNAY

 

2016 marked the last of the drought years and like last year, overall quantity was down, but that naturally pushed the quality level up significantly.  Low yields generally help to produce wines of impressive depth and concentration. As with years past, we sourced Chardonnay from marine influenced areas up and down the California coastline where the cool influence of the Pacific Ocean moderates warmer temperatures for optimal growing conditions.

TASTING NOTES | Peach and pear aromas with some toasty vanilla notes.  On the palate, the wine is full of lemon curd, tropical fruit and honeysuckle flavors that convey a sense of richness.  At the same time, there is a vivacious acid streak that underpins and balances that richness, bringing the wine together for a seamless bright, fruity, delicious Chardonnay to be enjoyed on its own or with an array of foods from popcorn to lobster.


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2016 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 stainless steel and high end French Oak barrels. As always, pure Pinot flavor and exquisite balance are the goals with this wine. 

TASTING NOTES | The 2016 RICKSHAW Pinot Noir possesses kirsch and black cherry notes, cola and baking spices from the kiss of French oak it sees. A persistent core of sweet fruit extract balanced with bright acidity.  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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2016 RICKSHAW Cabernet 

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We like to take a pretty minimal approach to our winemaking.  Tap into some great sources and make varietally true and focused wines.  However, the one part where we get to really flex some skills is during the blending process.  Sometimes we weave together as many as two dozen different lots selected for cooperage, oak age, vineyards, and vineyard blocks.  In the case of our Cabernet Sauvignon, we even have the option of using small pieces of other Bordeaux varietals to make it just so.

TASTING NOTES | 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.