VINEYARD: 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 northwest facing hillside in the heart of Russian River Valley, near the intersection of Trenton- Healdsburg 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.
TASTING NOTES: The 2015 Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay is a hedonistic wine that possesses power, purity and finesse, all in one beautiful package. Aromas of lime blossom, flint, toasted cedar and kumquat peel temp the taste buds before the first sip. The Wente clone packs lots of concentrated flavors into tiny clusters, yielding lush, dense flavors of honeysuckle, ripe peach, asian pear, spiced apple crumble and baked brie. The midpalate offers an exquisite, oily, mouth-filling texture that is unique to this site, while the tangy, mouthwatering finish is delightfully persistent, with copious amounts of lemon and lime zest to keep the palate fresh.