2004 Chardonnay, Ritchie Vineyard, Russian River Valley

Publication

Vinous

Author

Stephen Tanzer

Date

July 2017

Rating

92

Review

Full yellow-gold; the darkest of the range of Ritchie wines): More advanced on the nose than the 2005, offering slightly funky, high-toned aromas of orchard fruits and earth. Fat and sweet but a bit heavy, conveying a bitter edge to its very ripe peach and mirabelle flavors that carries through to the wine's somewhat phenolic finish. Can't match the 2004 Hyde for density or length, much less verve and definition, but this is still in reasonably good shape.

Publication

Robert M. Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate

Author

Robert Parker

Date

December 22, 2006

Rating

93

Review

The 2004 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard exhibits wonderfully sweet brioche, bee's wax, honeyed pineapple, and some hazelnut notes. It has crisp acidity, a rich, long, full-bodied finish, and a style that seems to beautifully transpose a European allegiance to elegance with a California predilection for ripeness. That is what is so admirable about not only the Chardonnays from Ramey but the red wines as well.

Publication

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Author

Josh Raynolds

Date

May/June 07

Rating

91

Review

Light gold. Fat and ripe, with full-blown melon, poached pear and peach aromas. Forward, ripe tropical and orchard fruit flavors are gently lifted by soft acidity and a touch of minerals. Gains weight on the finish, which features expansive orange and nectarine flavors and excellent length. This is the most fruit-driven of Ramey's vineyard-designated chardonnays.

Publication

California Grapevine

Date

Dec 2006-Jan 2007

Rating

91

Review

Medium-light yellow; attractive, forward, intense, toasty, buttery, ripe tropical fruit aroma with notes of citrus, toasted hazelnut, and butterscotch; full body; rich, textured, toasty, ripe Chardonnay fruit flavors; well balanced and structured for bottle aging; lingering aftertaste. This is the third vineyard-designated Chardonnay released by Ramey this fall. Very highly recommended.