2005 Chardonnay, Ritchie Vineyard, Russian River Valley
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.