This prized site in the Russian River Valley has been farmed for more than 40 years by renowned winegrower Kent Ritchie. Situated on gently rolling hills with sandy loam soils, it benefits from the clockwork fog of the Russian River Valley. The result is a classic expression of Chardonnay, with enticing lemon blossom and honeysuckle aromas, a silky mouthfeel and bright citrus flavors.
From its pale yellow straw color with light green reflections to its enticing lemon blossom and honeysuckle aromas, this is a beautiful and inviting wine. The perfumed floral elements continue on the palate, where a silky richness underscores bright citrus flavors. A harmonious blend of acidity and tannin carries everything to a fresh, focused finish with lingering notes of zesty lime.
This vintage produced 13 barrels, 315 (750 ml) cases
This prized site in the Russian River Valley has been farmed for more than 40 years by renowned winegrower Kent Ritchie. The vineyard is planted to Wente Selection Chardonnay. Situated on gently rolling hills, the soil is sandy loam with striations of sandstone. The famous clockwork fog of the Russian River Valley keeps this vineyard cool and provides ideal conditions for growing a classic expression of Chardonnay.
The 2015 vintage had very low yields, which led to many vineyards ripening earlier than normal. This was the case at Kent Ritchie, where the vintage’s low yields and the naturally small berry size of the Wente Selection Chardonnay resulted in one of our earliest picks, with harvest occurring on August 21st, 2015.
The harvested grapes went directly to press as whole clusters in order to maximize quality and were gently pressed. This provides a distinct mouthfeel and texture. After settling, the juice was racked into French oak barrels for fermentation. The wine spent its entire life in barrel where it completed primary and secondary malo-lactic fermentations, and was aged on the lees for 15 months. In order to increase richness and body, it was occasionally stirred. With a longer time in barrel than many of our Chardonnays we used a modest 15% new French oak in order to keep the oak and fruit in balance. This Chardonnay was bottled on February 14th, 2017.