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Ritchie Vineyard, Russian River Valley


2017 CHARDONNAY
AVA: Russian River
Vineyard: Ritchie Vineyard
Winemaker: Jeff Ames
Cooperage: 10 months French Oak, François Freres, Saury

Ritchie Vineyard - Farmed by proprietor Kent Ritchie since 1972, this vineyard produces wine of rare intensity and complexity. With old vines tucked into sloping bench lands that lead into the Russian River, the Ritchie vineyard lies in the heart of the Russian River Valley appellation. A great balance of cooling ocean fog and slightly warmer inland temperatures produce wines with intense, natural acidity with an extra richness and lushness. Sandy Goldridge soils combined with volcanic ash deposits provide great drainage while limiting vine vigor and yield.

Russian River AVA – Centered on Sonoma County’s Russian River, this AVA set the standard for California Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varietals. Known for its characteristically cool climate, ocean influence blows through the Petaluma Gap, bringing foggy nights graciously soaked up by the vines. The central region of the Russian River AVA fosters ripe fruit with rich mouthfeel and bright acidity, producing some of the best Chardonnay in the world.

Vintage Notes – The 2017 growing season was defined by significant rainfall and summer heat spikes. Refilled reservoirs and replenished soils allowed for thriving vines, while harvest began to progress rapidly during extreme summer temperatures. As fall cooled, harvest slowed, allowing grapes to ripen with excellent aromatics, great acidity and intense flavor.

Wine Maker Notes - A rare combination of power and precision from one of the greatest Chardonnay terroirs in California. A full expression of ripe stone and citrus fruits burst forth on the nose, pear, sliced pineapple and kaffir lime aromas are reflected on the textured and creamy palate, while the mid-palate lifts with bright crushed river stone and citrus peel minerality, pulling the flavors along a finish that seems to linger over a minute after tasting. A true gem what will age right alongside top-level Cabernets and gain complexity and finesse.

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