2005 Chardonnay, Ritchie Vineyard, Russian River Valley
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“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.”
–93 pts, Stephen Tanzer, vinous, July 2017
Situated directly in the center of the Russian River appellation, our block of Kent Ritchie’s vineyard was planted in 1972 to the old Wente selection. Widely spaced—the fashion at the time—these old vines with their gnarly trunks produce tiny quantities of grapes per vine. The benchland soil is pure Goldridge loam, common to great vineyards in this part of the Russian River Valley.