2008 Chardonnay, Ritchie Vineyard, Russian River Valley
Bright yellow; not yet gold. Aromas of pear, orange zest and mirabelle, plus a whiff of banana. A very ripe but very dry wine, with its peach, pear and smoky mineral flavors a bit dulled by alcoholic warmth; not showing the penetrating quality it displayed upon release. Today I prefer the 2008 Hyde for its saline minerality and better acidity, although I should note that both of these wines were acidified. Not my favorite vintage here: I'd drink this wine over the next few years.