2014
Ritchie Vineyard

Chardonnay
Description

With its beautiful old vines nestled on a rolling northwest facing hillside in the heart of the Russian River Valley, the Ritchie Vineyard commands respect. The wines often exhibit a rare complexity and intensity that has spawned a legion of loyal Ritchie followers.

SCORE: 91 | APRIL 27, 2018 | WINE ADVOCATE

Tasting Notes
Aroma: 

Enticing aromas of Asian Pear and hazelnut with a touch of Meyer lemon. 

Palate: 

Creamy flavors of Fuji apple with toasted oats and vanilla crème spread across the palate. Well balanced acidity and a long finish.

Winemaking
Vintage Notes: 

A blend of two Chardonnay clones contributes to the unique character of this wine: the Musqué clone yields fruit of delightful floral and sweet spice nuance, while the Wente clone imparts rich texture and multi-dimensional layers of fruit. 

Tech Notes
  • Appellation: Russian River Valley
  • Alcohol: 14.5% by volume
  • pH: 5.6
  • TA: 3.38 g/L
  • Aged in Oak: 100%
    • 40% New Oak
    • Origin of Oak: French
  • Months in Barrel: 14
Pairs Well With
Meats & Fish:
Roasted Chicken
Cheese & Nuts:
Medium cheeses
$52