2006 Chardonnay, Ritchie Vineyard, Russian River Valley
Full medium yellow. Captivating aromas of orange zest, ginger and quinine, complicated by a note of decomposing vegetable matter and some more evolved suggestions of smoke and earth. Thick and saline in the mouth, offering hints of spices and honeysuckle but little in the way of primary fruit. Finishes a bit edgy. As with the two 2011 bottlings, I find this wine marginally more successful than the 2006 Hyde but at this point it's not going anywhere.