2018 Crescere 'Ritchie Vineyard' Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley

$59.95

Dunnuck calls this “one of the finest Sauvignons from California” and we’re inclined to agree. Reynoso knows the vines like Melka knows the wines, and this would happily stand up to the best of France. Hints of peach blossom, chamomile and fresh apricot ascend from the glass, luring you into a field of honeysuckle with graphite, white pepper and dill seed on the finish, all of it fenced in neatly by a vibrant backbone of acidity.

Varietal:
Sauvignon Blanc
Winemaker:
Philippe Melka
Vintage:
2018
Aging:
18 months
Oak Treatment:
40% new oak
Appellation:
Sonoma
Sub-Appellation:
Russian River Valley
Vineyard:
Ritchie
Total Varietal Composition %:
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Alcohol %:
14.9%
SKU #:
1048604
Size:
750 ml Bottle
JD98

Jeb Dunnuck

From one of the top sites in the Russian River Valley and brought up in 40% new French oak, the 2018 Sauvignon Blanc Ritchie Vineyard offers an Haut-Brion Blanc-like bouquet of caramelized pineapple, honeyed flowers, lemon butter, and quince, with a touch of rocky minerality thrown in for good measure. Beautifully rich, full-bodied, and concentrated, it has a beautiful spine of acidity and a monster of a finish. It ranks with the finest Sauvignon Blancs coming out of California today! I'd lean toward drinking bottles over the coming 3-5 years, but I certainly wouldn't be surprised to see it evolve for over a decade.