2005 Chardonnay, Ritchie Vineyard, Russian River Valley

Publication

Vinous

Author

Stephen Tanzer

Date

July 2017

Rating

93

Review

Bright, full yellow. Aromas of soft citrus fruits, ginger, butter and minerals, plus an intriguing whiff of goat cheese. At once more energetic and creamier than the 2006, offering impressive volume to its tactile flavors of musky stone and citrus fruits, flowers and sexy oak. Not a thick or heavy style but impressively chewy nonetheless. Finishes with noteworthy verve. This wine has been fully open for business for a while now but still has life ahead of it.

Publication

Vinous

Author

Antonio Galloni

Date

February 2015

Rating

93

Review

The 2005 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard has aged beautifully. Honey, almonds, smoke, mint, orange zest and burnt sugar blossom in a rich, textured Chardonnay that is peaking today. This is a gorgeous example of fine, aged California Chardonnay at its best.

Publication

Robert M. Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate

Author

Robert Parker

Date

December 1, 2007

Rating

95

Review

The 2005 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard shows crushed rock, white currant, citrus oil, pineapple, peach, and apricot characteristics. Long, rich, and deep with strong acidity, it should be consumed over the next 4-5 years.

Publication

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Author

Josh Raynolds

Date

May/June 2008

Rating

94

Review

Bright yellow. Stunningly complex bouquet offers ripe citrus and orchard fruits, smoky minerals, saffron, white flowers and anise. Deeply concentrated but suave and fresh, with energetic pear and tangerine flavors complicated by anise and chalky minerality. This reaches every nook and cranny of the palate, delivering serious flavor impact. The finish refuses to let go, with the smoke and anise qualities repeating.

Publication

California Grapevine

Date

Dec 2006-Jan 2007

Rating

92

Review

Medium-light yellow color; attractive, intense, complex, toasty, spiced apple aroma with notes of lemon zest and butterscotch; full body; tight, citrussy, nutty, green apple flavors with good depth and well integrated oak; well balanced and structured; lingering aftertaste. Very appealing to taste now though it should continue to develop and improve with several more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended.