2013 Chardonnay, Ritchie Vineyard, Russian River Valley
The Corkscrewer Report
Johannes Marlena and Ryan Koczara
With the first Ritchie vines planted in 1972, this Chardonnay possesses the richest texture and most incredible balance, as well as being the sweetest tasting of the collection (though no Ramey Chardonnays have any residual sugar) and the most quintessentially Californian. With notes of peach, tropical fruit and orange zest, nuts, and a hint of marmalade, the viscosity of the wine is thrilling on the palate. The wine has an almost decadent power, like a Roman Emperor Caligula gone wild. Racy and sexy stuff.