Let me start this post by stating that I apologize for the amateurism of my video skills. Both behind the camera, and in front of it, my talents are rudimentary at best. Hopefully I'll get better with time, but at this present juncture it is abundantly clear that Zoey is the true star of the production. With all of that being said, Zoey and I took a few minutes during a cold, rainy Sunday afternoon (hence why we are in front of a firepit) to share a preview of the upcoming wines in the April/Spring 2023 membership allotment. I've offered a summary of these wines in writing below in case the video only skimmed the surface.
Note: If Zoey seems a little wobbly in the video, she's on some medication that makes her a bit uncoordinated. Just wanted to alleviate any concerns. ☺
UPDATE 3/16/23: Due to our current inventory levels, some vintages in the April shipment have been changed to meet demand.
2022 Rosé of Pinot Noir - This is a brand new bottling and the latest iteration of our ever-popular, fan favorite rosé. Bursting with plenty of bright crisp, acidity and juicy fruit components. This is a summertime, warm-weather wine at its core and will be best enjoyed during some outdoor or backyard excursions as the temps start to heat up.
2021 Chardonnay Pét-Nat - As mentioned in the video, this is our sparkling wine representation. Our first attempt at making a Pét-Nat yielded a tropical-hued, citrus fruit bomb that also provides plenty of fun and fizz. I've categorized this wine as something that lingers in-between a hazy IPA and a mimosa (without the orange juice added). You're definitely going to get notes of baked bread drinking this as well due to all the yeast intentionally left in the bottle. Our Pét-Nat is definitely different and may not for everybody, we we appreciate it for all its unique wildness and untamed nature. Note: Don't be freaked out by the brown stuff floating around, or stuck to the sides of the bottle. Those are called lees and they are the expired yeast that we purposely left in the wine. It won't hurt you, we promise!
2021 Carneros Chardonnay - This wine is a standout as far as we at Ricci are concerned. Crafted with a combination of neutral French Oak and stainless steel, this Chardonnay has a very nice balance of green apple and pineapple, with a subtle touch of butterscotch or crème brûlée. In fact, I constantly encounter people who inform me "I don't like Chardonnay" and then immediately change their tune once they try ours. I guess you could say that this Chardonnay is making new converts with every bottle opened. If you happen to love this vintage or our Chardonnay in general, we are likely going to be completely sold out after the April shipment is processed. The 2022 vintage won't be released until later this year, so stock up now!
2020 Pinot Noir - Pommard Clone - One of two Pinot Noirs that are featured in this upcoming allotment, the Pommard Clone pinot is truly a special wine in my mind. Not a lot of great things came out 2020, but this wine is an exception. As mentioned in the video, this Pinot Noir is a little bit more boisterous and "meaty" as far as the style goes, but I absolutely love it. For me, I pick up hints of sage, a tiny bit of a menthol-euctalyptus vibe, plenty of mushroom and earth components, and some cola thrown in for good measure. We are down to the last few cases of this wine as well, and selfishly I really want to hang on to the remaining bottles for myself, but I won't. Enjoy it while it is still around!
2019 Pinot Noir - Three Lions - The second Pinot Noir that is included in this shipment, this 2019 vintage of Three Lions pinot was just released at the beginning of year. When I recently opened a bottle to see how it was tasting, my immediate reaction was "woah — that is awesome". Seriously, I think this wine is being released at exactly the right time because it is showing exquisitely right now. The wine itself is a blend of three different clones of Pinot Noir that we grow, which as you might surmise, is why we call it "Three Lions". Overall, this is a little bit lighter in body than the Pommard, but I have little doubt this is going to be a huge hit.
Hope you enjoy all these selections and are looking forward to the April shipment. If you aren't a member yet and would like to become one, please just follow this link. Cheers and thanks for the support!