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2005

Chardonnay

Ritchie Vineyard
Russian River Valley

This chardonnay from Kent Ritchie’s long-revered vineyard makes a striking new addition to our collection of small production chardonnays. It exhibits rich aromas of ripe white peach and crème brulee on the nose. A boldly-structured palate of golden apple and tropical fruits yields to clean minerality over a toasty finish. Alcohol 14.8%

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93 points Wine Advocate

“Exhibits ripe, heady, orange marmalade, lemon oil, tropical fruit, and leesy brioche/caramelized characteristics. It possesses fabulous fruit as well as the vintage’s hallmark zingy acidity. Enjoy it over the next 4-5 years. 225 cases produced; 75% new oak utilized.”
Robert Parker Jr.

92 points Wine Spectator

“Superrich, deep and concentrated, with layers of ripe pear, honeysuckle, fig and spice. Ends with a touch of cedary oak. Drink now through 2010. 192 cases made.”
James Laube

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Harvest Date September 30

Growing Season Extended, cool spring weather resulted in late bud break. An ideal, long, temperate growing season followed, allowing for slow, full and even ripening of the fruit. Harvest began later than usual. The resulting wines can be characterized as rich and elegant with gorgeous aromatics.

Winemaking

• Hand-harvested grapes
• Whole cluster, direct to press, cold
• Barrel fermented with indigenous yeasts; 2 months to completion
• Concurrent spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels; 5 months to completion
• Aged 15 months in French oak barrels; 70% new (Francois Freres, Remond and Damy).
• Aged sur lies and batonnage biweekly.
• Unblended, unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2007

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