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2021 Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay

2021 Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay

Russian River Valley

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Tasting Notes
Vibrant notes of lemongrass, crushed Kaffir lime leaves, and honeysuckle introduce this offering from the renowned Ritchie vineyard. Candied lemon peel and shortbread cookies mingle with hints of tarragon and dried wildflowers. The palate is focused and bright, with a flinty, mineral-laden backbone contributing to a remarkably long, zesty finish.
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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