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2006

Chardonnay

Ritchie Vineyard
Russian River Valley

Our second vintage from Kent Ritchie’s heralded Russian River Valley vineyard adds a dynamic dimension of vibrant acidity to its decadent tropical palate. Glistening pale gold in the glass and perfumed with lychee and white peach, the 2006 is a richly-textured, sleek and well-structured offering. Its mouth-filling palate offers beautifully delineated layers of apple and guava, with yeasty notes of toasted brioche, pineapple and harvest spice to complement a racy finish. Alcohol 14.8%

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93 points International Wine Cellar

“Light, hazy yellow. Strikingly complex, exotic bouquet of orchard and pit fruits, smoky peat, iodine and Thai basil; smells like an Islay scotch. Deep and smoky, with concentrated pear, yellow plum and tarragon flavors underscored by intense minerality. This is about much more than simply fruit, finishing with strong smoke, floral and mineral character. Pretty intriguing. ”
Stephen Tanzer

92 points Wine Advocate

“Light gold-hued, it exhibits scents of apricots and peach liqueur intermixed with white currant, lemon blossom, and crushed rock characteristics. It possesses terrific fruit on the attack, medium to full body, and adequate acidity. Drink it over the next several years. ”
Robert Parker Jr.

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Harvest Date October 2

Growing Season 2006 was slightly cooler overall than 2005 and began with delayed bud break due to a long, wet spring. The weather warmed in May, continuing through summer and into fall to provide the extended growing season needed for fruit to ripen fully. Ritchie Vineyard was harvested on October 2, escaping mid-harvest rains that arrived the following week and posed the potential for botrytis in the vineyard.

Winemaking

• Hand-harvested grapes
• Whole cluster, direct to press, cold
• Barrel fermented with indigenous yeasts; 3 months to completion
• Concurrent spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels; 3 months to completion
• Aged 16 months in French oak barrels; 74% new (Francois Freres, Sirugue, Seguin Moreau and Damy).
• Aged sur lies and batonnage biweekly
• Unblended, unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2008

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