An iconic vineyard for Russian River Valley Chardonnay the Ritchie vineyard is planted with 40+-year-old Wente clone vines that are carefully cared for by Kent Ritchie. The age and clone cause the fruit to retain much of the natural minerality and acidity of the Russian River Valley so the wines are fresh and vibrant. We countered this with 62% new French oak and aged it for 18 months after barrel fermentation.
On the nose, one can find brioche, toast, and hazelnut with the telltale Chardonnay tropical flavors. Don’t let the oak fool you because the mouthfeel offers a crisp clean minerality, bright acidity, and citrus tones. The finish is smooth and balanced and will appeal to all types of Chardonnay drinkers.