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2016 Kent Ritchie Vineyard

Chardonnay
Russian River Valley
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About this Wine

This prized site in the Russian River Valley has been farmed for more than 40 years by renowned winegrower Kent Ritchie. 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.

Library Selection

93 Points

“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
Wine Spectator, June 2018
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Tasting Notes

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 lemon and lime.

Accolades
  • 93 Points: Jim Laube Wine Spectator - June 2018
  • “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”

Winemaking

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 malolactic fermentations and was aged on the lees for 11 months. In order to increase richness and body, it was occasionally stirred. The Kent Ritchie Chardonnay has a delicate nature so a modest 18% new French oak was used in order to keep the oak and fruit in balance. This Chardonnay was bottled on August 15th, 2017.

Vintage

The 2016 growing season was a stellar vintage. Concentrated flavors developed early in the year at a low harvest Brix. We harvested early on August 22nd, 2016. This captured the crisp fruit and mineral qualities this unique site offers.

Vineyard

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.

Technical Notes
  • composition:

    100% Chardonnay

  • alcohol: 14.5%
  • bottling date: 08/15/2017
  • aging:

    Aged 11 months in French oak, 18% new

  • fermentation:

    Whole cluster pressed then racked into French oak for primary and malolactic fermentation

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