Lot #49 RAM’S GATE WINERY
Gap's Crown Vineyard 40%, Bush Crispo Vineyard 40%, Ram's Gate Estate 20%
- Petaluma Gap 40%, Russian River Valley 40%, Carneros 20%
ABOUT THE WINE:
“Rocky Road” is a cuvée created from three distinct vineyards in three AVAs that are usually reserved for the Ram’s Gate Winery single vineyard program. The name reflects a playful take on a delicious flavor of ice cream, yet it also applies to the terroir and characteristics that come from rocky and gravelly areas in these vineyards. Winemaker Joe Nielsen focused on three blocks to create a wine that reflects the unique flavors that these soils bring to the fruit.
About 40% of the blend is from the famed Gap’s Crown Vineyard. With its volcanic, rocky soils and ideal growing conditions this vineyard seemed a perfect fit for the “Rocky Road” blend. Another 40% comes from the family-owned Bush Crispo Vineyard in Russian River Valley. Located near a creek bed, its rocky soil provides excellent drainage and produces deep, intense flavors. This year marks the 40th vintage for the family and Ram’s Gate is proud to have partnered with them since 2010. The last 20% of the blend comes from the winery’s home estate in an area with rocky soils and exposure to the winds of Petaluma Gap and the fog from San Pablo Bay.
Each area of these vineyards produce wine that is intense and full of black fruit with a slight mineral flavor. The wine is expertly balanced so the fruit melds beautifully with the acidity, giving it an elegant texture and lingering finish.
WINEMAKER(S): Joe Nielsen
ESTIMATED BOTTLING DATE: August 2023
ESTIMATED SHIPPING DATE: December 2023
National Distribution: CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, ID, IL, MI, NV, NJ, NY, NC, PA, TXA winemaker dinner or store visit is offered in your market as part of this lot. Must be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date.