2015 Sidebar, Red Field Blend, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA

2015 Sidebar, Red Field Blend, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA

Product: 20151622090
2015 Sidebar, Red Field Blend, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA

Description

This wine comes from the Alegria vineyard (in Sonoma County’s Russian River. Certified sustainable, the site has complex alluvial, gravelly loam, marine and volcanic soils. The gnarly head-trained vines range from 60 to 125 years old. The field blend is mostly Zinfandel (80 percent) with Alicante Bouschet, Petite Sirah, Sangiovese, Carignan, Trousseau, Petite Bouschet, Syrah, Beclan, Tannat, Peloursin, Graciano, Plavac Mali, Palomino, Monbadon. This undergoes a 20-day ferment and maceration before being aged in neutral oak barrels for 14 months. The resultant wine has dark, red-berried fruit with spiciness. The palate has voluptuous but structured tannins, with great freshness at its core.
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Ramey Wine Cellars

Ramey Wine Cellars

Ramey Wine Cellars was founded in 1996 by David Ramey and his wife Carla, after David had worked for almost two decades at such famous wineries as Matanzas Creek and Dominus. "Owning one's own winery is the dream of every winemaker,"; David says, looking back on the path that led him to build his own.

Located just off the town square in Healdsburg, the winery is perfectly placed to make use of the great Sonoma and Carneros terroir famous for the quality of their Chardonnays. Ramey's philosophy is to make hand-crafted wines made in an Old World tradition, coupled with New World innovation.

The complex single vineyard Chardonnays, Hudson and Hyde, are made in exactly the same manner, so as to accentuate the difference in the terroir between the two Carneros vineyards. The Russian River Chardonnay is a fresher wine from the cooler Sonoma site, where the grapes ripen 3 weeks later than Carneros.


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Russian River Valley

Russian River Valley

This low-lying valley Sonoma County in and its 10,000 acres of vineyards was virtually unknown before 1983, when it was granted official appellation status (Russian River Valley AVA). 

It has since established a formidable reputation as a prime spot for challenging varieties like Pinot Noir (29% of the acreage in 2007), which thrives in this cool-climate region. Chardonnay (42% of the acreage in 2007) has also blossomed here, showing a signature lean and restrained profile.

The Russian River Valley climate is influenced by cooling fogs, drawn inland from the Pacific. This natural air-conditioning allows the grapes to develop full flavor maturity over an extended growing season, while retaining their life-giving natural acidity.

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Other Varieties

Other Varieties

There are over 200 different grape varieties used in modern wine making (from a total of over 1000). Most lesser known blends and varieties are traditional to specific parts of the world.

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Composed of 80% Zinfandel, 11% Alicante and 9% Petite Sirah, the 2015 Red Field Blend is medium garnet-purple in color and scented of raspberry preserved and kirsch with nuances of pepper, garrigue, dried herbs and spice box. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is filled with red berry preserves and spicy layers, with a nice plush texture to support, followed by an uplifting finish.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown - 29/06/2018 Read more