2019 Ryme Sangiovese/Friulano Fox Hill Vineyard
Region: Mendocino < California
Grapes: Sangiovese, Friulano
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Organic farming; Friulano is planted next to the Sangiovese, picked together and co-fermented carbonically; aged in Puncheon and bottled in January, unfiltered and with a minuscule sulfur addition; 12% ABV
Winemaker: Megan Glaab
Ryme is a small Sonoma-based label from a young husband and wife team, Megan and Ryan Glaab (the name Ryme is, in fact, a combo of their names – RY + ME). They don’t own any vineyards, but put a lot of work into forging vineyard relationships with organic growers from Santa Barbara to Mendocino County. Each is an accomplished vigneron in his/her own right. For years Ryan was the assistant winemaker at Wind Gap, before leaving last year to focus full-time on Ryme. And Megan, who got her enology degree from the University of Adelaide in Australia, where she was force fed all the tricks and tools for making standard-issue wine, has respectfully ignored all the conventional rules and instead forged her path towards low-intervention, mindful winemaking. She says she and Ryan are driven by their palate, wanting to make the wines she has always loved to drink – high acid, low alcohol, mineral-driven wines that showcase terroir.