Livermore, California, United States

Founded in 1883, Wente Vineyards is the oldest continuously-operated, family-owned winery in the country; owned and managed by the fourth and fifth generations of the Wente family. Located just east of San Francisco in the historic Livermore Valley, Wente Vineyards is recognized as one of California's premier wine country destinations. The winery draws from nearly 3,000 acres of Estate vineyards in the Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay and Arroyo Seco, Monterey appellations to create an outstanding portfolio of fine wines.

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Riva Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir

SKU 25874
Country United States
Region Monterey, CA
Type Red
Varietal Pinot Noir
Listing Speculative
Case Config. 12x750ml
Available In BC AB SK MB

Colour

Light garnet red.

Aroma

This Pinot Noir has aromas of cherry, strawberry and vanilla, with hints of toasted oak, earth and cigar box.

Flavour

Shows flavours of black cherry and vanilla, undertones of earth and spice are followed by a long fruity finish.

Food Pairing

Grilled pork chop, bbq ribs and filet mignon.

More Info

This wine was previously known as Reliz Creek Pinot Noir. From the 2012 vintage onwards, Wente has changed the name to reflect the single vineyard origins. Since the early 1960's, Wente Vineyards has been growing Pinot Noir in the Arroyo Seco region of Monterey. This wine was named after the creek that runs through the Estate vineyards. Arroyo Seco is the ideal region to grow this Burgundian varietal because of the long, cool growing season, which allows the grapes to fully ripen and develop deep fruit flavors. The gravelly-loam soils found here, rich with shale and limestone deposits, impart desirable earthy and mineral qualities to the wine. There are several blocks dating back to 1963, which are planted with the old Pommard and Martini clones. Neighboring these are much more recent, high-density plantings that include a variety of new clones. All of the fruit is hand picked and sorted.

92 pts

The Tasting Panel, Jul/2019

2016 -

"This single-vineyard Pinot Noir is sourced exclusively from the family’s own property, where a long, cool growing season and gravelly loam soils add character to the variety. Seven different clones are farmed to make up the complexity of the wine’s flavors and texture. Each is fermented separately in stainless steel, with twice-daily pumpovers; each lot is also aged separately for 16 months in French oak and then blended together. On the nose, spiced rhubarb, bramble, and red tea take shape. A nice body weight gives depth to layers of chocolate-cherry, cranberry, cinnamon, and a hint of new leather. White pepper and earthy gravel undertones tie it all together."

90 pts

Wine Enthusiast, Sept/2019

2016 -

"Candied red cherry, clove and oak smoke converge for a very accessible and inviting nose on this bottling from the historic family's estate. Pomegranate flavors meet with oak and vanilla bean on the palate, which is framed by chalky and sticky tannins."

90 pts

Gismondi on Wine, Nov/2018

2014 -

"Wow how delicious is this? The Wente Riva Ranch is sourced exclusively from the family’s vineyard in Arroyo Seco, Monterey. Arroyo Seco’s long, cool growing season is ideal for pinot noir as are the gravelly-loam soils rich in shale and limestone deposits. Add to that old vines and eight different clones (Pommard, Martini, 114, 115, 667, 777, 828, and 77) and you have a winning combo. Dominated by the Pommard and Martini clones this wine, with its dry, dark fruit, jumps from the glass. The fruit is spicy black cherry with a black tea undertone flecked with brown spices. Lively and silky, this has wide appeal. It was simply aged for 16 months in 50 percent new French oak and 50 percent neutral oak barrels. Serve with a fire-grilled pork or a favourite duck dish."

 

Indy International Wine Competition, Aug/2016

2014 -

Double Gold

 

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2018

2014 -

Silver Medal

 

Los Angeles International Wine Awards June 2016

2014 -

Silver Medal

92 pts

Natalie McLean, May/2019

2016 -

"A silky, smooth, medium-bodied, cool-climate Cali Pinot that was aged in French oak. Pair with veal."