2021 WAYPOINT RITCHIE VINEYARD RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY SAUVIGNON BLANC

$45.00

The 2021 Waypoint Ritchie Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from the esteemed Kent Ritchie Vineyard in the Russian River Valley. This vineyard is renowned for producing expressive fruit with remarkable aromas and flavors, making it an ideal location for cultivating Sauvignon Blanc. The grapes for this particular bottling come from the Ritchie Block “C,” which is known for its exceptional terroir. The grapes are carefully harvested at peak ripeness and fermented before maturation in a selection of the finest French barrels from top producers. This meticulous process enhances the wine’s complexity and depth, allowing the true essence of the vineyard to shine through.

The exceptional winemaking team of Philippe Melka and Matt Sands is responsible for crafting the 2021 Waypoint Ritchie Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc. Their expertise and attention to detail have resulted in a beautifully aromatic wine that they describe as “akin to a powerful Sancerre.” The wine exhibits vibrant notes of citrus, tropical fruits, and subtle minerality, with a crisp acidity and a long, elegant finish. The influence of the French oak barrels adds a layer of sophistication and texture, making this Sauvignon Blanc a standout in its category. The 2021 vintage is a testament to the synergy between sustainable vineyard practices and masterful winemaking, offering a truly exceptional tasting experience.

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2021 WAYPOINT RITCHIE VINEYARD RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY SAUVIGNON BLANC

New Frontier Wines produces Waypoint with a keen focus on single vineyard wines from sustainably farmed vineyards with unique characteristics. The company’s founder, Alejandro Bulgheroni, an Argentinian-Italian businessman, farmer, winemaker, and conservationist, has been actively involved in several ecological endeavors since the 1960s. His commitment to sustainable agriculture and conservation is reflected in every bottle produced under the Waypoint label. Bulgheroni’s passion for environmental stewardship ensures that the vineyards are managed with the utmost care, promoting biodiversity and soil health, which in turn contributes to the high quality and distinctive character of the wines.

Tasting Notes from Wine Enthusiast, “A snappy aroma of orange zest, lemon pith and gingery spices wafts from the glass before mouth-watering acidity carries refreshing citrus, mineral and oak subtleties across the palate. This deftly oaked wine made from a vineyard famous for its Chardonnay achieves great balance between nervy fruit flavors and oak spices, so you can appreciate both.” WINE ENTHUSIAST 95 POINTS

Decanter Tasting Notes, “An utterly delicious Sauvignon Blanc from the famed Russian River Chardonnay site, Ritchie Vineyard. This wine offers fresh, ripe fruit aromatics of apricot, and 100% oak fermentation gives the aromas richness and a touch of spice. The palate is sumptuous. Fleshy grilled peach, ripe pineapple, and delicious lemon cream dominate the flavour profile with an underlying flinty minerality. Gorgeous wine.” DECANTER MAGAZINE 94 POINTS

Tasting Notes from Master Sommelier: “The Waypoint Ritchie Vineyard Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2021 begins with a bright, citrusy nose, with white flowers, fresh sage, and white pepper. It continues with a beautifully balanced palate of lemon-lime, white peach, quince, and liquid minerals. It seamlessly combines the best traits of rich American, complex French, and bright New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs, leading to a crisp, fresh, and long finish.” KEVIN VOGT 93 POINTS

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