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Wente Vineyards Riva Ranch Single Vineyard Pinot Noir

Wente Vineyards Riva Ranch Single Vineyard Pinot Noir

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Uncorking California Sunshine: A Detailed Tasting Note on Wente Vineyards Riva Ranch Single Vineyard Pinot Noir

Introduction

Raise a glass to Californian excellence with the Wente Vineyards Riva Ranch Single Vineyard Pinot Noir. This acclaimed bottle captures the essence of the Monterey terroir, offering a captivating journey for your senses. Here at The General Wine Company, we delve into the intricate details of this captivating Pinot Noir, exploring its aromas, flavours, food pairings, and the story behind the bottle.

A Wine Steeped in History

The Wente family legacy is woven into every sip of Riva Ranch Pinot Noir. Established in Livermore Valley in 1888, Wente Vineyards is a pioneer in Californian winemaking. Their passion for Pinot Noir led them to the prestigious Arroyo Seco region within Monterey County. The Riva Ranch vineyard, with its ideal climate and soil composition, proved to be the perfect canvas for crafting exceptional Pinot Noir.

A Look at the Terroir

Nestled in the Arroyo Seco appellation, the Riva Ranch vineyard benefits from a long, cool growing season. Marine fog rolls in from the nearby Pacific Ocean, moderating temperatures and extending the ripening period. This allows the Pinot Noir grapes to develop vibrant acidity, intense flavours, and complex aromas.

The gravelly-loam soils, rich in shale and limestone deposits, contribute further to the wine's character. These well-draining soils nurture the vines while imparting distinctive earthy and mineral notes to the finished wine.

The Winemaking Process

The Wente winemaking team meticulously crafts the Riva Ranch Pinot Noir. Harvested by hand at peak ripeness, the grapes undergo a gentle destemming process. Fermentation takes place in small stainless steel tanks, allowing for optimal extraction of colour, flavour, and aroma. The wine is then aged for 16 months in a combination of 50% new French oak and 50% neutral oak barrels. This ageing process refines the tannins, adds subtle hints of vanilla and spice, and contributes to the wine's overall complexity.

Unveiling the Sensory Experience

Appearance: The Wente Riva Ranch Pinot Noir boasts a deep ruby hue, hinting at the richness and depth of flavour within.

Aroma: On the nose, a captivating bouquet unfolds. Ripe black cherry and juicy raspberry mingle with hints of cranberry and crisp red apple. Delicate layers of baking spices like cinnamon and coriander add complexity, while subtle notes of black tea and earthiness emerge, reflecting the vineyard's distinctive terroir.

Palate: The first sip reveals a beautifully balanced and elegant wine. Lively acidity dances across the tongue, complemented by well-structured yet supple tannins. The fruit flavours come alive, with a burst of ripe cherry, raspberry, and a touch of plum. Subtle notes of vanilla and baking spice from the oak ageing add further intrigue. The finish is smooth and lingering, leaving a lasting impression.

Food Pairings

The Wente Riva Ranch Pinot Noir's versatility allows it to shine alongside a variety of dishes. Here are some perfect food pairings to elevate your dining experience:

  • Roasted Meats: The wine's acidity and tannins pair beautifully with roasted duck, lamb, or pork. Earthy mushroom sauces complement the wine's earthy notes.
  • Grilled Dishes: Enjoy the smoky flavours of grilled salmon or tuna alongside the Pinot Noir.
  • Rich Cheeses: Creamy brie or buttery gouda create a delightful contrast with the wine's acidity.
  • Earthy Vegetarian Options: The wine's earthy character pairs well with mushroom risotto or lentil stew.

Beyond the Bottle

The Wente Riva Ranch Pinot Noir is more than just a delicious wine; it's a testament to meticulous winemaking and a deep respect for the land. By choosing this bottle, you're not only indulging your taste buds, but also experiencing a piece of Californian winemaking history.

At The General Wine Company, we invite you to discover the captivating world of Wente Riva Ranch Pinot Noir. Order your bottle today and embark on a sensory journey through the heart of California's prestigious wine country.

 

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