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2018 Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay

95 Points | Wine Enthusiast Magazine

2018 Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay

Russian River Valley

Tasting Notes
The 2018 Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay is a vibrant display of fruit concentration and finesse that is a hallmark of this historic Sonoma County site. Clean citrus aromas of lemon grass and zesty lime exude from the glass as the wine is poured. Green apples, steeped cardamom pods, flint, and preserved lemons deliver exquisite intricacy. The mouthfeel is refreshing, bright, and energetic, wrapped in a suggestive bow of luxurious French oak.
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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