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2018 Rivaura River Ranch Red Winemaker Tasting Notes

Winemaker Tasting Notes

Deep rich ruby-purple in color with beguiling aromatics of cassis, black cherry,
eucalyptus, violet, cedar, tobacco, exotic spices, and earth. On the palate the wine is concentrated and rich with beautiful texture that displays full bodied silky tannins and amazing complexity. This stunning wine displays complex layers of black cherry, cassis, black plum, lead pencil, eucalyptus, cigar tobacco, exotic spices, earth, and gravel. The exceptionally long finish has pure notes of cassis,dark chocolate, cigar tobacco, and smoky incense. Overall, the wine has great purity, elegance, and concentration. This classically styled wine should hit maturity in 8-10 years and gracefully evolve for 15+ years.

41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc, 9% Malbec, and 4% Petit Verdot from Rivaura Estate Vineyard

237 Cases Produced

Technical Details

  • Alcohol 14.4%
  • pH 3.77
  • TA 6.1 g/L
  • Cold soak 142 hours
  • Punchdowns 2-3 times/day during fermentation
  • Aged sur lie for 18 months in French Oak
  • Oak profile is 50% new French oak (Troncais) and 50% neutral French oak
  • Racked once prior to bottling
  • Unfined
  • Filtered via super-gentle crossflow technology
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