2012 Chardonnay, Ritchie Vineyard, Russian River Valley
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“Hints of tropical fruit develop in the glass, adding to the wine’s sense of exoticism as the flavors build to a finish imbued with a Chassagne-like oiliness and sense of viscosity.” 94+pts – Antonio Galloni, Vinous, February 2015
The 2012 growing season was close to ideal with temperate and steady temperatures that produced a long, moderate growing season with extended hang time and even ripening. There were no significant heat spikes or rains.
We use classical Burgundian techniques with the addition of whole cluster pressing of the grapes. All of our Chardonnays go through native yeast fermentation in three-year air dried French oak barrels and then native, delayed malolactic fermentation. Our 2012 Ritchie aged sur lies for 18 months in 30% new oak barrels. It was lightly fined with traditional fining agents before being bottled without filtration.
Our Ritchie Chardonnay walks the fine line between richness & delicacy. It has a complex and harmonious mouthfeel that balances power & elegance.