2010 Chardonnay, Ritchie Vineyard, Russian River Valley
Bright yellow. Yellow fruits, spices and a floral topnote on the nose. Chewy, savory and classic in the mouth, conveying a strong impression of solidity to the highly complex flavors of peach, flowers, spices, nuts and salty minerality. With its outstanding depth of texture, this comes across as slightly softer than the 2009--even a bit more exotic in its mouthfeel. One still senses the CO2, but then this wine is still short of its peak.