Ryhan Estate Vineyards in Livermore Valley has its own unique history. Mohan Rao Ravulapati the owner of Ryhan Estate grew up in India where wine is a rarity. Even in India he was interested in winegrowing. When he moved to America in the 1980’s he wanted to create the wines he dreamed of long ago. After working in the corporate world and many businesses for 25 years, that passion for winemaking grew and seeing California as one of the most prominent wine regions, he knew that his dream could become a reality.
With his desires to produce world-class wines, he selects fruit from premium growers in various locations in California including Napa, Amador Valley and Alexander Valley. In the meanwhile they began production of quality wines, with the introduction of their two medal-winning red wines, Rouge-Sang and Malbec.
The name of the company comes from combining Mohan’s last three initials of his first name with his wife’s two middle initials of her first name, Surya, forming Ryhan. While Mohan handles the winemaking, Surya handles the administrative side of the business. In addition, their two children Rahul and Ravali handle the marketing. Any visit to their tasting room on East Road will find Ravali and probably Surya working the bar and serving up a selection of the Ryhan wines, including Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Malbec. They also have a Raspberry Sparkling and an Almond Sparkling wine.
Ryhan Estate Vineyards 2004 Rouge-Sang is a Red Blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Refosco, 5% Syrah and 5% Petite Sirah. This blend is from Napa and Alexander Valleys. This is a deep violet wine (from the Refosco). You will detect on the nose strong berry aromas with a touch of spice. On the palate it delivers a unique blend of rich dark berries and tons of black cherry flavors from the Cab along with a hint of white pepper from the Syrah. The Rouge-Sang pairs great with Manchego and with spicy meaty foods such as pork loin roast along grilled veggies and creamy pasta and with aged Manchego cheese.
The 2005 Malbec from Napa Valley is another award winner. You easily detect the ripe berries, black berry and currant with a touch of plum. These same aromas carry on to the palate and the added spice and tannic makes this a great wine for a BBQ meal.
The 2004 Syrah from Amador County has a deep purple color and on the nose the dark fruits shine with hints of smoky oak. On the palate the same dark fruits carry through with added plum and cherry flavors and a hint of baker’s chocolate. This is another great summer wine to share around some ribs and steak with friends.