2003 Chardonnay, Ritchie Vineyard, Russian River Valley

Publication

Robert M. Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate

Author

Robert Parker

Date

December 26, 2005

Rating

95

Review

The 2003 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard, from a vineyard planted in 1972 with the Old Wente clone on Goldridge soils, shows opulent levels of tropical fruit intermixed with beeswax and orange skin/nectarine notes. It is full-bodied, with a superb purity, terrific acidity, and a long, heady finish.

Publication

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Author

Stephen Tanzer

Date

May/June 2006

Rating

93

Review

Full bright yellow. Fresh apricot, lemon, toast, crushed stone, iodine and smoke on the highly nuanced nose. Velvety and saline on the palate, but with its complexity somewhat muted today by a whiff of reduction. But this chewy wine possesses superb concentration and length. Harmonious acids frame and extend the wine's sweet fruit.

Publication

Ronn Wiegand's Restaurant Wine

Date

June 1, 2006

Rating

95

Review

Complex and fruity at the same time, this impressive wine starts with nuances of roasted grains and creamy oak layered amidst its deep, expansively-fruited aromas. Somewhat fleshy and firmly balanced on the palate in the style of the best Ramey bottlings, it boasts an enormous reservoir of vitality that brightens its multi-faceted personality, and its polish and succulence hold on well at the end in its admirably lengthy finish. It is delicious today yet should age exceptionally well.