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DRINK WELL. DO GOOD.

Rickshaw is the synthesis to two powerful ideals: that one should be able to have a great bottle of California wine at a reasonable price and that those of us fortunate to enjoy said wine each night should help out our fellow man.

Achieving the first part of the mission is a challenge we embrace. We constantly scour California for good, honest sources of wine. Then we spend months tinkering with different blends until we have something that really shines. Our Pinot Noir, for example, includes parcels from our partners in Anderson Valley, Russian River, and the Santa Lucia Highlands. Many of these parcels regularly go into wines that cost more than $40 a bottle. By blending we are able to deliver them at a much friendlier price.

The second part of the mission comes naturally, by having our priorities in the right place. Rickshaw is committed to donating 5 percent of the gross profit from each bottle to food-related charities in the states where it is sold. In addition we are inviting our distributors, restaurant, and retail partners to participate in our fund raising efforts. Whether it is a donation match, hosting a Rickshaw event or throwing their marketing efforts behind the cause, partners all over the United States are getting involved in the Rickshaw mission.

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RICKSHAW – New Look Coming!

You talked, we listened. We are about to roll out the new look for RICKSHAW Wines – but to give you a sneak peek: read more >

March 12, 2013  |  Uncategorized

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Fresh Moves: Chicago, IL

We are happy to announce our partnership with Fresh Moves as our beneficiary in the fine state of Illinois.   Fresh Moves is a mobile produce market bringing fresh fruits and vegetables to food desert areas (communities with limited access to fresh produce) in Chicago. With the goal of reducing diet-related health risks and reversing [...] read more >

March 01, 2013  |  Charities

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Old Skool Cafe: San Francisco, CA

Looking in our home city of San Francisco, we found a lot of great food related non-profit organizations but this particular one really struck a chord with us. In Northern California, we have partnered with OLD SKOOL CAFÉ, a youth led Supper Club that provides at-risk kids with marketable employment skills in the restaurant industry. [...] read more >

February 06, 2013  |  Charities

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Georgia Organics: Atlanta, GA

GOOD FOOD FOR ALL.  We can really get behind that sentiment.  Part of the reason we started the 5% mission with RICKSHAW is because we realize and appreciate that we are fortunate to eat well all the time – a luxury not afforded to all.  Georgia Organics is the latest organization that we are partnering [...] read more >

November 15, 2012  |  Charities

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Pinot Noir

Vintage:

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Over the past few years we’ve consistently added to our rolodex of sources for high quality Pinot Noir. We are now working with somebody somewhere, in nearly every California AVA where good Pinot Noir is made, to source parcels that are true to Pinot Noirs beguiling nature.

The 2012 vintage was one of those easy ones that don’t come along that often. Great fruit set was followed by a long and warm, but not too hot summer. September was glorious all up and down the California coast. We were able to harvest at our leisure with almost no pressure from inclement weather.

We source this RICKSHAW Pinot from a variety of coastal cool-climate vineyards with a large percentage coming from the Sonoma Coast.  The wine is fermented in small open top vessels and aged in a combination of new (15%) and used (75%) French Oak barrels and a small percentage of stainless steel tanks (10%) to promote freshness.  As always, pure Pinot flavor and exquisite balance are the goals with this wine.

Tasting Notes

This wine sings with unmistakable and pure Pinotosity! It has a compelling mix of raspberry, pomegranate and cherry notes combined with a stylishly integrated structure.   All in all, pretty amazing Pinot Noir for its modest price.

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Over the past few years we’ve consistently added to our rolodex of sources for high quality Pinot Noir.  We are now working with somebody somewhere, in nearly every California AVA where good Pinot Noir is made, to source parcels that are true to Pinot Noirs beguiling nature.

The 2011 RICKSHAW Pinot Noir is comprised of three primary appellations: Sonoma Coast, Anderson Valley and Santa Barbara County.  Each one adds a special element that contributes to the overall harmony and style of this charming wine. The wine saw 25% new French Oak and was aged for 13 months before bottling.

Tasting Notes

The 2011 RICKSHAW is absolutely true to Pinot Noir’s traditional flavor profile - extremely well balanced and above all, delicious.  The aromatics speak of black cherries, pluots and violets.  In the mouth the wine is all suave texture with notes of plum, wild strawberries and a compelling savory note.

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Over the last few years, with the wild success of Banshee, we’ve gotten pretty good at unearthing high-quality Pinot Noir lots across California. From Santa Barbara all the way up to Ukiah, we’ve come across some incredible gems that we absolutely had to have for our Rickshaw project. The 2010 Rickshaw Pinot Noir is comprised primarily of two upper echelon appellations: Sonoma Coast and Anderson Valley. These two appellations account for seven of the eleven vineyard sources in this utterly tasty blend. All told, the wine saw about 20% new French Oak and twelve months of aging.

Tasting Notes

The resulting wine is absolutely true to Pinot Noir’s traditional flavor profile – extremely well balanced and above all, delicious. The nose offers up sweet cherry notes, rose petals and a touch of forest floor. The wine is suave and pleasantly juicy on the palate with notes of plum, dark cherry and pomegranate.

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The 2009 Rickshaw Pinot Noir is comprised primarily of two upper echelon appellations: Sonoma Coast and Anderson Valley. These two appellations account for seven of the eleven vineyard sources in this utterly tasty blend. All told, the wine saw about 20% new French Oak and twelve months of aging.

Tasting Notes

The nose offers up sweet cherry notes, rose petals and a touch of forest floor. The wine is suave and pleasantly juicy on the palate with notes of plum, dark cherry and pomegranate.

Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage:

RICKSHAW Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label

We like to take a pretty minimal approach to our winemaking. Tap into some great sources and make varietally true and focused wines.

However, the one part where we get to really flex some skills is during the blending process. Sometimes we weave together as many as two dozen different lots selected for cooperage, oak age, vineyards, and vineyard blocks. In the case of our Cabernet Sauvignon, we even have the option of using small pieces of other Bordeaux varietals to make it just so.

The 2011 vintage was phenomenal for Cabernet Sauvignon, as a moderate and cool summer gave way to a warm September and October.  Small berries produced some exceptionally concentrated flavors that ripened late.

Tasting Notes

In this rendition of our RICKSHAW Cabernet Sauvignon, we selected for a slightly richer expression than in the past, using a higher percentage of new oak and a few riper lots.  These components brought dark plum, coffee grounds, and cassis to the wine. This base is buttressed by a few mountain sources that provide a streak of red fruit, verve, and structure.  It remains an incredibly versatile Cabernet that will work with anything from steak to tuna with ease.

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We started out with a rockin’ base (bass?) of  Napa Valley fruit that was originally intended for $50+ bottles of wine. Choice pieces from well known Cabernet Sauvignon appellations such as Alexander Valley and Paso Robles were then layered on, as well as a huge score of 8 barrels from a recent James Beard nominated winemaker. To add some flourishes, finesse, and general fanciness there are small amounts of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and even a scosh of inky Petite Sirah.

Tasting Notes

The resulting wine is a regal, but friendly expression of Cabernet. Beautiful aromas of dark cherries, ripe plum and cigar box leap from the glass. These are followed by a suave mix of wild berries, mocha, and spice. The wine has a ballast of ripe and extremely well integrated tannins

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Chardonnay

Vintage:

RICKSHAW Chardonnay 2012 Front Label

2012 is a vintage for the books.  A nearly perfect growing season led to long and slow ripening of the Chardonnay grapes as they hung on the vine well into September.  The pristine juice produced wine of great richness, without sacrificing the racy acidity that we demand in our wines.

For this vintage, we scoured vineyards all over California, and mainly the Mendocino & Sonoma Coast AVAs,  looking for the perfect balance of zip and lusciousness.  After fermentation in stainless steel, the wine was aged in French and American Oak barrels for 6 months to add a toasty complexity.

Tasting Notes

The RICKSHAW Chardonnay has all the elegance of its Sonoma Coast peers, blended with rich notes of creme brulee and topped with ripe tropical fruits.

Rickshaw Chardonnay Bottle Shot

With Chablis as the center of our Chardonnay universe (well, not that we would turn down some other Burgundies), it can sometimes be difficult to craft something at this price that speaks to our sensibilities.  But craft it we have, working with cool vineyard sites in Mendocino and the Sonoma Coast.  Vinification & elevage in stainless steel tank.

Tasting Notes

The 2011 Rickshaw Chardonnay offers a zingy, racy, and lemony treat preceded by fresh aromas of apple and pear. The incredibly cool vintage aided in adding another layer of bright acidity to the mix.  This wine has energy to burn.

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