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Ritchie Vineyard, Russian River Valley


2016 CHARDONNAY
AVA: Russian River
Vineyard: Ritchie Vineyard
Winemaker: Jeff Ames
Cooperage: 10 months French Oak, François Freres, Saury

Ritchie Vineyard - Farmed since 1972 by proprietor Kent Ritchie the vineyard is a place that winemakers revere as a site of rare intensity and complexity, located along Eastside Road near Forestville. The vineyard is right in the middle of the Russian River Valley appellation, its climate is a great balance of cooling ocean fog and slightly warmer inland temperatures. The vineyard yields great acidity, but the slightly inland location provides an extra richness that adds to the lusciousness. The soil is Goldridge loam speckled with gravel. It provides great drainage while limiting vine vigor and yield.

Russian River AVA – At the heart of Sonoma County, the Russian River AVA is known for its characteristically cool climate. With monumental success in the growth of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, the ocean influence blown through the Petaluma Gap brings foggy nights graciously soaked up by these cool climate varietals. 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 – Considered an ideal vintage, 2016 brought Sonoma County a refreshing and much needed drought break with a rainy winter followed by a wet spring. A cool, moderate August caused ripening to take place slowly and predictably, allowing for longer hang time and prolonging the development of flavors. Harvested berries showed firm, healthy skins, deep flavors, and great acidity—all signs of high-quality wine.

Wine Maker Notes - The 2016 Ritchie Chardonnay is a dance between texture, flavor and minerality. The nose is perfumed with sweet white floral notes, sliced peach and meyer lemon curd. There is a ribbon of fresh river stone woven throughout the aromatic profile that’s satisfying and uplifting. Stone fruit and creme brulee flavors accentuate this and a kaffir lime like minerality carries the expressive palate through a long and memorable finish.

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