2007 Chardonnay, Ritchie Vineyard, Russian River Valley

Publication

Jeb Dunnuck

Author

Jeb Dunnuck

Date

June 2018

Rating

96

Review

As an example of how these wines age, Dave opened a bottle of his 2007 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard. Still light gold in color, with a hedonistic, yet fresh style in its caramelized orchard fruits, spice, honeysuckle, and brioche, it hits the palate with a rich, full-bodied, elegant, and beautifully pure texture. It’s drinking at point but has plenty of life.

Publication

Vinous

Author

Stephen Tanzer

Date

July 2017

Rating

92

Review

Bright, healthy yellow with a gold tinge. Less open on the nose than the 2008 but ultimately more complex, offering musky yet youthful scents of fresh peach, apricot, butterscotch and toasty, spicy oak. Wonderfully rich and savory in the mouth, with an almost tactile quality to its spiciness. Quite youthful for its age, still retaining primary flavors of peach and apricot. Subtle underlying minerality provides focus and extends the lightly phenolic finish. Interestingly, Ramey told me he wishes he had picked this fruit at 23 degrees Brix rather than 24.

Publication

Robert M. Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate

Author

Robert Parker

Date

February 1, 2010

Rating

93

Review

The single vineyard Chardonnays are all superb. The most structured and backward is the 2007 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard, which comes across as slightly tannic. Full-bodied with an earthy, rich minerality, fresh, lively poached pear, honeysuckle, and subtle smoke and tropical fruit notes, this well delineated Chardonnay reveals laser-like clarity. It will drink well for 5+ years. All of the single vineyard Chardonnays are aged in two-thirds new French oak, and the generic offerings see one-third new French oak.

Publication

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Author

Josh Raynolds

Date

May/June 2010

Rating

93

Review

Bright green-tinged gold. The richest and most opulent of this set of vineyard chardonnays, displaying ripe peach, melon and nectarine scents, along with toasty lees and a hint of star anise. Broad and deeply concentrated but energetic, offering rich orchard fruit flavors that are given spine by subtle minerality. This seamless, expressive wine is already drinking well and finishes with excellent clarity and sappy persistence.

Publication

Wine Spectator

Author

James Laube

Date

May 5, 2010

Rating

92

Review

Fresh floral and fruity aromas are intense and vibrant, deeply concentrated, young and firm, mixing green apple with spice, honey and honeydew melon and ending with a long, lingering finish. Drink now through 2014.-J.L.