2017 Ryder Estate Pinot Noir
Ryder Estate wines are crafted from sustainably farmed estate vineyards on California’s golden Central Coast. The Central Coast is blessed with cool ocean air that blankets the vineyards in the early morning until the warm sun peaks through the clouds in the afternoon. This wonderful combination of sea, sunshine and soil makes perfect growing conditions for the grapes to develop intense flavors and elegant character that is true to each varietal.
At the winery, the fruit is carefully sorted then destemmed, crushed and fermented at warm temperatures in stainless steel fermenters. Gentle punch downs are performed several times a day. Once dry, the must is pressed into stainless steel tanks for settling, then racked prior to aging on both new and neutral French oak. The time on oak imparts nuanced notes of vanilla and toast.
Ryder Estate Pinot Noir is lush, silky and balanced. Black cherry and plum aromas lead into flavors of bright red cherry and raspberry with a hint of mocha and toasty oak.