Winemakers Series

Ralphi's Red Blend

Livermore Valley

2016

Nottingham Cellars Micro-Lot Reserve wines are produced from the finest vineyards in the Livermore Valley that showcase the region’s ability to grow world class Bordeaux Varieties. Each variety is site specific and was chosen as one of our finest offerings available.

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Tasting Notes

Ralphi is back, with a slightly new twist on this classic Cab/Merlot concept. Collin was fortunate enough to have visited Bordeaux in 2016 visiting many wineries on the left and right bank. This was an eye-opening trip and one of his biggest takeaways was a fondness for younger Claret style blends. One particular producer created a wine that was 50% Merlot and 50% Cab Sauv, and the wine aged in Leroi French oak barrels for only 10 months. Collin modeled the new Ralphi’s after that experience, creating contrast with other wines in our portfolio that see more barrel time and are typically based on Cabernet. We put Merlot first on the label as a nod to the folks at Chateau Chantegrive for sharing this amazing wine. Fruit and easy drinking, we took all of the crowd pleasing qualities of Ralphi’s past and put them on full display for you to enjoy.

Vineyard Sources

50% Sachau Vineyard
50% Smith Ranch

Production

Various lets received between October 3rd and October 15th. Destemmed without crushing into open top bins and BBLS. Inoculated with both native and commercial yeast, then pressed separately to 100% French Oak (New & 2nd Used) with a free run portion separated and blended post ml.

Vintage
2016
Wine Type
Red Wine
Appellation
Livermore Valley
Varietal Composition
60% Merlot
40% Cabernet Sauvignon
Acid
.68
pH
3.38
Alcohol %
14.7
Cases Produced
75