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:This limited Ritchie Vineyard release, composed of entirely Old Wente selection, is a classic example of rich, luscious Russian River Valley Chardonnay, with a backbone of minerality and acidity that keeps it crisp and lively on the palate. Aromas of key lime zest, nectarine and white tea leaves entice the palate, then the first sip opens up into an array of succulent flavors, including roasted Meyer lemon, white peach, lemongrass and wildflower honey. This wine is opulent and zesty, with an incredible palate weight and an oily texture that lingers on and on, into a nicely tart, mouthwatering finish.