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2009

Chardonnay

Ritchie Vineyard
Russian River Valley

From the old vines of Ritchie Vineyard we produce a dynamic chardonnay with great concentration, finesse and vibrant acidity. Glistening pale gold and subtle grassy green hues offer a prelude to enticing aromas of gardenias, golden apples and fresh almonds. The full-bodied, viscous palate is seamlessly layered with lemon zest, crème brûlée and toasted brioche. Notes of minerality linger, accented with Anjou pear and melon over a memorable finish. Alcohol 14.3%

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93 points Wine Spectator

“Charming for its delicacy and finesse, this full-bodied, smooth, rich and elegant white delivers fresh, lively notes of white peach, nectarine, honeysuckle and honeydew melon, gaining depth and lingering. Drink now through 2017.”
James Laube

93 points International Wine Cellar

“Vivid gold.  Spicy vanillin oak complements aromas of pineapple, nectarine and honey.  Supple and ripe but dry, with a strong mineral component firming the exotic fruit and honeysuckle flavors.  A densely packed but graceful midweight that finishes with solid grip, a touch of smokiness and excellent persistence.  Offers an uncanny blend of power and vivacity. ”
Josh Raynolds

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Harvest Date September 16

Growing Season 2009 began with an abundance of spring rain followed by mild, steady summer temperatures that set the stage for nearly ideal pinot noir and chardonnay growing conditions. The well-set fruit ripened slowly allowing for an excellent balance of sugars and acids to develop. The resulting wines can be characterized as elegant and rich with profound depth and structure.

Winemaking

• Hand-harvested grapes
• Whole cluster, direct to press, cold
• Barrel-fermented with indigenous yeasts; 4 months to completion
• Concurrent spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Aged 13 months in French oak barrels; 67% new
• Aged sur lies; biweekly bâtonnage
• Unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2011

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