2002 Chardonnay, Ritchie Vineyard, Russian River Valley

Publication

Robert M. Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate

Author

Robert Parker

Date

February 1, 2005

Rating

93

Review

The deep, full-throttle 2002 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard exhibits aromas of buttery popcorn, tropical fruits, citrus blossoms, lemon oil, and well-integrated oak. Full and rich with superb focus, it should drink well for 4-5 years.

Publication

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Author

Stephen Tanzer

Date

May/Jun 05

Rating

94

Review

($56) Palish yellow. Captivating aromas of orange blossom, lemon, flowers, mint and baking spices. Thick and sappy in the mouth, with terrific verve and lightness of touch. Dry, classic and gripping wine with superb persistence. Ramey's portion of this outstanding vineyard features a Wente clone planted in 1972 on Goldridge loam. 94 points

Publication

Wine Spectator

Author

James Laube

Date

March 31, 2005

Rating

92

Review

Spicy, floral and fruity aromatics carry over nicely to the palate in this rich, intense, elegantly styled wine that glides across the palate, ending with a complex range of fig and citrus flavors that linger. Drink now through 2008. 320 cases made. '