2016 Chardonnay, Ritchie Vineyard, Russian River Valley

Publication

Jeb Dunnuck

Author

Jeb Dunnuck

Date

June 2019

Rating

96

Review

“If I to pick one Chardonnay in the lineup, it would be the 2016 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard, a vibrant, pure, concentrated beauty that has loads of white flowers, citrus, and salty minerality. With medium to full body, bright acidity, and terrific balance, it has a touch of Chablis-like character (yet on steroids) and is a beautiful complete Chardonnay that can be drunk any time over the coming 10-15 years.”

Publication

Wine Advocate

Author

Erin Brooks

Date

Apr 2019

Rating

95+

Review

“Pow! The nose of the 2016 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard is gregarious with loads of melon, guava, peach and buttery touches plus lemon curd, pastry crust and caramel hints. Medium to full-bodied, it packs in a wallop of flavor layers—from luscious ripe fruits to bakery and mineral notes—framed by absolutely mouthwatering acidity and phenolic texture and finishing very long with amazing energy. Grapes for this wine come from vines planted in 1972. It fermented in barrel with bâtonnage and aged in 22% new French oak for 20 months.”

Publication

Vinous

Author

Antonio Galloni

Date

May 2019

Rating

95

Review

“The 2016 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard is a standout in this range. Perfumed aromatics make a strong opening statement; white flowers, mint and white peach are all beautifully lifted. Refined and elegant to its core, the 2016 Ritchie is a fabulous wine. Don't miss it.”

Publication

Wine Enthusiast

Author

Virginie Boone

Date

Nov 2019

Rating

95

Review

“From older vines planted in the early 1970s, this is a knockout, standout wine, juicy and exotic in spicy lemongrass, lime and voluptuous intensity. Richly layered, it has a backbone of fresh acidity that keeps it intriguingly fresh and classically structured. In the end, it's supremely delicious.”

Publication

Wine Spectator

Author

Kim Marcus

Date

March 2019

Rating

94

Review

“A firm, mineral-filled version, backed by powerful acidity, featuring rich toasty notes to the baked apple and dried pear flavors, with savory touches. Buttery accents emerge on the finish. Best from 2020 through 2025.”