There can be a lot of talk
about terroir, but what does the word really mean? To those of us who love Riverbench, it’s
about the care we put into our farming and our people, and the unique qualities
that this care gives the wine.
This wine, made only in extremely limited quantities in exceptional vintages,
is truly a tribute to our practices and the sensory experience of drinking an
amazing bottle of wine. Try finding the
essence of our terroir: walk out into the vineyard and hear the sounds of birds
and the vines rustling in the cool Santa Maria breeze. Look at the vineyard stretching before you as
far as the eye can see, and the sandy, rocky soils in which our vines
flourish. Take a handful of that dirt
and hold the history of our vineyard in your hands; smell in it the scent of
the river, floods, minerals and maybe a hint of Santa Maria strawberry. We used the most meticulous vineyard techniques,
clean, minimal winemaking and native yeasts to create our most brilliant wine
to date which showcases the true essence of Riverbench: taste it, and all of a
sudden it will all just make sense.
18 months in 50% New French Oak
100% malolactic fermentation. 10% whole cluster fermentation and 50% native fermentation
97 cases produced
pH: 3.85, TA: .54
Picked on September 29, 2010.
is currently empty