2012 Chardonnay, Ritchie Vineyard, Russian River Valley
Bright yellow. Reduced on the nose in the way of a Burgundy, showing musky hints of flint, hazelnut and soft citrus fruits, plus some suggestions of tropical fruits. Wonderfully glyceral but with strong acidity and saline minerality giving the wine shape and grip. Not yet hugely complex--and quite tight in the early going--but fine-grained and savory, and very long on the aftertaste. This fruit was harvested on September 25, compared to September 3 and September 6 in 2013 and 2014, respectively.