A few weeks ago, I participated in Charles Communication’s BrandLive virtual tasting that featured Ritual Wines with winemaker Rodrigo Soto. Rodrigo is both highly knowledgeable and passionate about creating amazing wines in Chile. Well worth watching the replay.
Part of the Huneeus Vintners Chilean portfolio of wines, Ritual is the Huneeus family’s original, flagship estate on the extreme eastern edge of the Casablanca Valley in Chile. The property, along with the rest of the Huneeusholdings, is being converted to 100% organic and eventually biodynamic, a strong statement for sustainability and the portfolio's future.
Sauvignon Blanc 2015: aged in 30% neutral oak, 30% concrete eggs, 40% stainless steel tanks; light, light yellow; bracing aromas of melon, starfruit, white currant, and citrus; more muted in flavor with vanilla,butter, red grapefruit, and flint; pleasing mouthfeel with nice acidic finish; twist-off closure; SRP $18. Paired beautifully with homemade stir-fry.
Chardonnay: aged in 30% neutral oak, 30% concrete eggs, 40% stainless steel tanks; light yellow; pineapple, pear, and white floral aromas; banana, vanilla, and citrus flavors; medium mouthfeel; balanced wine with good acid; twist-off closure; SRP $20.
Pinot Noir 2015: aged in 10 months in french oak, 30% new; ruby red color; bright red berry, plum, and tar aromas; smoke, toast, dark berries, and herb flavors; cork closure; SRP $20.Wines provided for tasting purposes - all opinions are my own.
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