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2014 Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay
2014 Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay
Russian River Valley
VINEYARD: The vineyard was first planted in 1972 to a handful of heritage selections, including Old Wente, and sits on a rolling northwest-facing hillside in the heart of Russian River Valley. The unique soil profile, comprised of Goldridge series sandy loam and a layer of volcanic ash deposits, creates wines with great intensity, which exude a rare purity and sense of place.
 
TASTING NOTES: This elegant Chardonnay opens with seductive aromas of caramelized apple, butterscotch candies and orange blossoms, and follows with a rich palate of Granny Smith Apple, warm Asian Pear tart, and crystallized ginger. Baking spices such as vanilla and nutmeg comingle with a racy acidity to perfect the structure of this wine and lead into a long, well-knit finish.
 
Ritchie Vineyard
DISTANCE FROM WINERY
7.4 miles
 
SIZE
12 acres of Sauvignon Blanc
 
GROWERS
Kent Ritchie, Owner and Vineyard Manager
 
VARIETALS SOURCED HERE
Sauvignon Blanc
Chardonnay
 
CLONE/ROOTSTOCK INFO
Sauvignon Blanc: Clone 1, planted on AxR#1 rootstock
 
SOILS
Laniger loam
 
SITE DESCRIPTION
Ritchie Vineyard is legendary in Russian River Valley, widely regarded as one of the best Chardonnay sites in all of California. The vineyard was first planted in 1972 to a handful of heritage selections, including Old Wente, and sits on a rolling northwestfacing hillside in the heart of Russian River Valley, near the intersection of TrentonHealdsburg and Eastside roads. The unique soil profile, comprised of Goldridge series sandy loam and a layer of volcanic ash deposits, creates wines with great intensity, which exude a rare purity and sense of place. For more than forty years, Kent Ritchie has farmed this vineyard with passion, precision and a loving touch. He pays personal attention to the wishes of each winemaker working with his grapes because, like the best growers in the area, he understands that the relationship is as important as the quality of the finished product that bears his name.
 
FRUIT CHARACTER
Sauvignon Blanc: Gooseberry, lime, passion fruit, guava with vibrant acidity
 
 
 
96 Points
Wine Enthusiast
 
"Dark gold in color, this is a memorably luxurious and vivacious wine, tangy in grapefruit, brunt orange and cardamom. Layered and complex, it evolves as it opens to a lingering tease of butterscotch topped in nutmeg. It is an outstanding vision of an outstanding site, a wine for the ages.…" — June 2017
 
93 Points
The Corkscrewer Report
 
"Enthralling nose of lemongrass, lemon curd, almond and bright citrus carries onward to the palate where one finds pronounced minerality and energetic acidity. A Chardonnay of sterling focus that’s right on the mark. A great Ritchie always displays elegance of structure, and that’s here in spades like a sharp-dressed man, spiffy and tall. For some reason, I hear 80s British alternative pop when I drink this wine—The English Beat, Squeeze, Fine Young Cannibals, Spandau Ballet…" — Spring 2017
Vineyard(s): Ritchie Vineyard
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Aging: 8 months in 40% new French oak
Alcohol: 14.3%
pH / T.A.: 3.22 / 6.9 gm/L
Production: 257 Cases
 
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/ 750ML
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