Ryme bottle

Ryme

Red Wine, 2015

For Ryan and Megan Glaab, winemaking is a matter of the heart. They met while working at Australian winery Torbreck, known for its bold reds made from century-old vines. Ryan and Megan—Ryme, get it?—returned home to California and became a winemaking tour de force. This robust Rhône-style red, made using some of California’s oldest vines, is not only a wine the Glaabs love (when they disagree, they create separate “his” and “hers” wines), it’s a warm reminder of how it all began.

Profile

Ryme Rhône-Style Red is what you would expect from a fruit-forward California red, yet it has the spicy intensity typical of a southern Rhône red such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape. It’s Old World meets New World.

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Purple garnet
APPEARANCE
Purple garnet
FLAVORS & AROMAS
Red cherry
Raspberry
Cocoa
Paprika

Pairing

The calling card of these reds—like Cabernet Franc, Carménère and some Malbecs—is the herbal, smoky or even meaty flavors emerging from the fruitiness. The savory element makes these wines match well with roasted vegetables; the more fresh herbs in a recipe, the more harmonious each bite and sip.

More About The Wine

McDowell Valley is a warm, tiny region—just 500 acres—in the southeast corner of Mendocino County. The elevation, 1,000 feet above sea level, provides a cooling effect. This results in a climate that’s similar to that of France’s southern Rhône Valley, where breezes off the Mediterranean temper the otherwise warm conditions.

DID YOU KNOW?

McDowell Valley has some of the oldest Syrah vines in California, some more than 100 years of age and still producing a viable crop of grapes each year.

  • VARIETY
    Red Wine
  • VINTAGE
    2015
  • VINEYARD
    McDowell Valley Vineyards
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    McDowell Valley, California
  • OAK
    100% French oak (10 months)
  • SOIL
    Various
  • ALCOHOL
    16.1%
  • FARMING
    Conventional

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