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May 2017

  • CHARDONNAY

    2016 Kent Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay

    93 Points, Wine Spectator
    “A juicy, citrus-driven effort, with a core of green apple, lemon-lime, white peach and tangerine flavors, this has zesty acidity and a mouthwatering personality that makes it easy to reach for the second and third glass. Drink now through 2022.” —Jim Laube, June 2018

    90 Points, Wine Advocate
    “The 2016 Chardonnay Kent Ritchie Vineyard gives up intense grapefruit, guava and green mango scents with suggestions of baking bread and beeswax. The palate is medium to full-bodied with a racy acid backbone lifting the tropical flavors to a nice, long finish. 261 cases produced.” —Lisa Perrotti-Brown, April 27, 2018

  • CHARDONNAY

    2015 Kent Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay

    95 Points, Pinot File
    “Kent Ritchie has farmed his iconic vineyard for nearly 40 years. Wente selection from original 40-year-old plantings and 15- to 20-year old vines. Whole cluster pressed, barrel fermented and aged on the lees with occasional stirring for 15 months. 15% new French oak. Light golden yellow color in the glass. Soaring aromas of lemon, pineapple, pear, creme brûlée and a hint of slate. Lovely flavors of pear, lemon, pineapple and melon that are both intense and lifted by vibrant acidity. Impeccably composed and balanced, with a slightly viscous mouth feel and a grand finish that really holds on. Goes down like mother’s milk. A special wine from a venerable vineyard and exceptional by any measure. Terrific price to boot.” — Robert Whitley, Jan. 20, 2018

    91 Points, Wine Enthusiast Advance Buying Guide
    “This is creamy and lush in vanilla, marshmallow and a healthy helping of toasted oak, yet it evolves in the glass to show undeniable acidity and mineral-laden aspects of dried herb and crushed rock. The finish emphasizes its light-bodied approach.” — Virginie Boone, May 2018

    95 Points, Wine Review Online
    “I really love great Chardonnay, and I’m always surprised at the small percentage of it that rises to this level considering how much of it is out there. Thankfully, I run across wines like this one periodically, wines that demand attention and fly way above the mediocre ocean of its siblings. Gorgeous citrus, tart apple, pear and gentle oak spice ride bold acidity through a blossoming finish that says pay no mind to them – come with me. Brava!” —Rich Cook, April 10, 2018

  • CHARDONNAY

    2014 Kent Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay

    90 Points, Wine Enthusiast
    Linear layers of lemon chiffon and clove-spiked orange wrap around light oak and focused acidity. Medium bodied and smoothly textured, it offers a kiss of caramel on the finish. —Virginie Boone, Feb. 1, 2017

  • PINOT NOIR

    2015 Manzana Vineyard Pinot Noir

    93 Points, Wine Advocate
    “The pale to medium ruby colored 2015 Pinot Noir Manzana Vineyard has an earthy nose of forest floor, fungi and truffles over a black cherries and black raspberries core plus a waft of mocha. Medium to full-bodied with plenty of black berry and earthy characters and a plush texture, it finishes long and fruity. 181 cases produced.” —Lisa Perrotti-Brown, April 27, 2018

  • PINOT NOIR

    2014 Manzana Vineyard Pinot Noir

    90 Points, Wine Enthusiast
    This is a big, meaty wine that wears its youthfulness on its sleeve, showing a touch of reduction and assertive oak. Beneath its wall of ripeness, black licorice, cherry and pomegranate characteristics are buoyed by a depth of thick tannin. —Virginie Boone, April 1, 2017

  • PINOT NOIR

    2013 Manzana Vineyard Pinot Noir

    92 Points, “Cellar Selection”, Wine Enthusiast
    From a cool-climate site farmed by the Dutton family, Manzana is beguilingly floral in dried rose petals. Soft, sublime and tangy, the palate conveys orange and cranberry. Light in color, this wine offers plenty of body and weight, with fresh blackberry compote on the finish. The wine will age well; drink now through 2023. —Virginie Boone, May 1, 2016

    91 Points, The Tasting Panel
    Lush, dense and rich with meaty style; rich, deep and spicy; long and balanced – Anthony Diaz Blue, Feb. 1, 2016

    93 Points, Pinot File
    Moderately light cherry red color in the glass. Orchard cherry aromas are accented with savory dried herb scents. Richly appointed and intensely fruity, with flavors of black cherry, black raspberry and pomegranate that saturate the palate. Despite its hefty sap and defined tannins, the wine retains a silky texture and elegance, making for easy drinking now. A charismatic wine with both power and gentility. – Rusty Gaffney, Jan. 17, 2016

    4 Stars, The Press Democrat
    “This is a pinot with some power behind it. Blackberry coupled with Bing cherry creates an intensity of fruit flavors. Notes of tobacco and pepper are in the mix. Bright acidity gives this weighty wine just the right lift. Lovely.” —Peg Melnik, August 10, 2016

  • CHARDONNAY

    2015 Goldrock Ridge Chardonnay

    91 Points, Wine Enthusiast
    “This is from an extreme coastal site high above the town of Annapolis, a study in ocean-driven minerality and lift. A small production, it offers lengthy acidity and moderately toasty oak beneath a well of white peach, lemon and briny sea stone.” —Virginie Boone, June 2018