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.”
–91 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.