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Rideau Vineyards

Rideau Vineyards Understanding how great wine is made will increase your ability to taste and enjoy the world’s most celebrated beverage. As harvest approaches, our winemaker watches the progress of the grapes in our vineyards very carefully; measuring sugar and acid in the grapes using special lab equipment. Although lab work is important, it is similarly important that both the winemaker and the vineyard manager work to identify the perfect flavor of ripe wine grapes. Then on that all-important day, usually to the amazement of everyone involved, the grapes are harvested. Our grapes are all hand harvested and arrive at the winery cool and whole. Hot temperatures and broken skins in the picking bins can result in volatile acid in the wine, causing the wine to taste of acetic acid and have an unpleasant smell on the nose. Once the grapes are at the winery, they are either pressed for their juice (for white wine or Rose’) or destemmed and crushed and put into tanks or bins so that the juice can stay in contact with the skins to soak up the red color. The juice (or ‘must’ if it has skins still in it) is then ‘inoculated’ with yeast and the yeast metabolizes the sugar to produce alcohol and carbon dioxide. Red wines have to be stirred during fermentation, which is often called ‘punching down’ or ‘pumping over’. During fermentation carbon dioxide causes the skins to rise to the top requiring the production crew to punch this cap into the wine for greater extraction of color and flavor. The juice becomes dry wine after the yeast has consumed all the sugar. The wines are allowed to age slowly either in the stainless steel tanks, or in barrels. This process can take from six months to three years. Our winemaker uses primarily French and Hungarian barrels, which give the wines their unique and distinct taste. The wines are then moved to tanks for final blending just before bottling. Wine bottles are sterilized and filled with carbon dioxide before filling, to assure that no oxygen is present, which might damage the wine over time. Bottling and labeling is performed on the premises three to four times a year to produce 6500 cases annually.

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1562 Alamo Pintado Road, Solvang, CA, US, 93463 Email: rideauvineyard@verizon.net
Phone: 805-688-0717 Web: www.rideauvineyard.com
Fax: 805-688-8048
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  Chateau Duplantier
A lush, finessed exuberant Rhône blend. Composed of Syrah, Mourvedre, Grenache, Petite Sirah, Marsanne and Viognier, this startlingly good wine was aged in French Oak and will benefit from some aging.
  Estate Syrah
Nuances of dark chocolate, briar patch fruit and roses are evident in this bold, unforgettable wine. This wine complements a wide array of foods from Iris' homeland of New Orleans. The label bears her name because it is estate-grown, handmade and heartfelt.
  Estate Viognier
We continue to explore the possibilities of this floral, delicate grape. Having found a favorable microclimate for its enchanting ways in our vineyard, this Viognier possesses true varietal character. Look for hints of grapefruit, honeydew melon and green apple.
  IC Chateau Duplantier
We hand-selected this lot for cellar club members who favor sensual, definitive full-bodied red wines. Aside from an array of bright forward furit flavors, there is a formidable undercurrent of mocha and new leather that runs through this sultry red.
  IC Fleur Blanche
This is our signature white Rhône-style blend of Viognier and Roussanne, made exclusively for our Cellar Club Members from hand-selected barrels.
  IC Petite Sirah
Our robust lively, peppery Petite has tremendous body and heady fruit nuances. Briar patch fruit, currants, and blueberries are evident on the generous nose and body of this wine. A long, lingering finish exhibits hints of new leather and a suggestive earthiness.
  IC Reserve Chardonnay
This chardonnay possesses noble character, with lean, flinty hints of minerality and a spectacular earthiness. This delicate white should not be over-chilled, but served just above cellar temperature.
  IC Roussanne
A beautiful white wine with ample floral and tropical fruit notes on the nose. Anjou pears, green apples and hints of violet complete this delicate, classic Rhône-style white wine
  In-Circle Cellar Club Estate Syrah
The nose of this wine promises roses, mocha and coffee nuances. The mouth delivers, with an array of floral, spice and fruit components. Made especially for our Cellar Club Members, this estate-grown wine is a reflection of Rideau estates' finest efforts.
  In-Circle Cellar Club Estate Syrah
This sumptuous Syrah is laden with stone fruit and cassis nuances. Hints of mocha and new leather are evident on the sultry nose of this wine. A long-lingering finish and elegant tannins make this a hallmark Santa Ynez Valley Syrah.
  In-Circle Cellar Club Fleur Blanche
This is our signature white Rhône-style blend of Viognier and Roussanne made exclusively for our Cellar Club Members from hand-selected barrels. Appropriately named, this "flower" of a wine has lovely floral notes and is well balanced with bright, sexy flavors and a crisp acidity that makes this a perfect sipping wine.
  Nebbiolo
This light-bodied red is not intended for cellaring. Named for the for (nebbia in Italian) that drifts over Piedmont, Nebbiolo is suggestive of mocha, licorice and truffles. A perfect red wine for lighter fare.
  Petite Sirah
Our robust, lively, peppery Petite has tremendous body and heady fruit nuances. Briar patch fruit, currants and blueberries are evident on the generous nose and body of this wine. A long, lingering finish exhibits hints of new leather and a suggestive earthiness
  Pinot Noir Rosé
Hints of bright summer strawberries and mandarin orange weave their way through this light-hearted wine. To be enjoyed as a refreshing sipping wine or with a wide array of spicy foods.
  Reserve Chardonnay
This Rideau-style Chardonnay is full-bodied yet delicate. Butterscotch and caramel flavors enhance the soft tannins with hints of walnuts and vanilla on the finish.
  Riesling
Given a slight chill, this sublime sipping wine is the perfect dessert to chase any meal. Hints of grapefruit, Meyer lemon and anjou pears enliven this poetic wine.
  Siempre - Caren's Cuvée
This Tempranillo-based blend is a nod to the best Riojas of Spain. Displaying gorgeous currant and cassis notes, the complex flavor profile of this wine includes notes of cigar box leather and an alluring earthiness. The tannins are elegant and fine, and the finish intense and lingering.
  Tempranillo
This Spanish varietal is fruit-forward, with an elegant note. Suggestions of allspice, nutmeg and blackberries liven its earthy nose.
  Tempranillo
Tempranillo remains the most popular wine among guests to our vineyard. Opulent dark chocolate, ripe summer boysenberry and white pepper notes add to its already irresistible allure.
  Viognier - California
Abundant with white peach nuances, this elegant wine is best enjoyed with a slight chill. Delicate French lavender and honey nuances accent this heady wine. Composed of Viognier, Marsanne and Rousanne.

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