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2007

Chardonnay

Ritchie Vineyard
Russian River Valley

From the old vines of Ritchie Vineyard, we produce a chardonnay of great power, intense flavor and seamless integration. The 2007 offering opens with aromas of white peach, honeysuckle and shortbread. The bold, yeasty palate is brimming with assertive flavors of fresh bosc pear, nectarine and lemon meringue that wrap themselves around a steely backbone. A sublime interplay of fruit and well-integrated French oak leads to a finish offering great length, along with notes of nutmeg, cedar and anise. Alcohol 14.6%

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93 points International Wine Cellar

“Light gold. A sexy, complex bouquet displays scents of Anjou pear, quince paste, Thai basil and iodine, with a suave overlay of white flowers. Rich citrus and orchard fruit flavors stain the palate, braced by zesty mineral and lemon zest qualities. Offers a deft blend of richness and energy, with outstanding finishing clarity and punch. ”
Stephen Tanzer

95 points Wine Advocate

“The 2007 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard offers beautiful aromas of lemon and orange blossoms intermixed with honeysuckle, white peaches, pineapples, and a touch of quince. Full-bodied with loads of complexity, nicely integrated, subtle oak, and a broad mouthfeel, it will provide plenty of pleasure over the next 3-4 years.”
Robert Parker Jr.

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Harvest Date September 8

Growing Season The 2007 growing season was preceded by a mild, dry winter. Bud break came early and set a crop of small clusters and highly concentrated berries. Summer brought ideal weather with warm, even temperatures through veraison. Several heat spikes in August anticipated an early start to crush, but temperatures cooled in early September, allowing ample time for phenolics as well as sugars to reach optimum levels. The result was a slow, steady harvest of exceptional quality, with wines showing great intensity and structure.

Winemaking

• Hand-harvested grapes
• Whole cluster, direct to press, cold
• Barrel-fermented with indigenous yeasts; 5 months to completion
• Concurrent spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Aged 15 months in French oak barrels; 70% new
• Aged sur lies, biweekly bâtonnage
• Unblended, unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2009

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