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2017 Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay

94 Points | Wine Enthusiast Magazine

2017 Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay

Russian River Valley

Tasting Notes
Bright notes of citrus zest and green apples introduce this beautiful offering from the Ritchie Vineyard. Hints of baked pear tart and roasted hazelnuts add an alluring element of depth and intrigue. The palate is exceptionally refreshing upon entry with concentrated flavors of white peaches, apricots, and figs. Opulent, yet tightly knit, this wine provides an amazing balance of fruit driven flavors and lively acidity that is a hallmark of this classic vineyard site.
Vineyard Notes
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.
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