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2010

Chardonnay

Ritchie Vineyard
Russian River Valley

The old vines of Ritchie Vineyard produce an intriguing, complex chardonnay that achieves a fine balance of intensity and elegance. Bright golden in color, the wine exhibits an exotic nose of white peach, lemon blossom and Asian pear. Lemon meringue, toasted brioche and fresh apple shine in this harmonious wine. Wet slate and crisp acidity linger on the palate.

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94 Points Wine Advocate

“One of the brighter wines in the range, the 2010 is laced with sweet floral notes and a bevy of green orchard fruit. There is a linearity and focus in the Ritchie that is highly appealing. Sweet floral notes reappear on the finish, adding considerable brightness and lift. The 2010 Ritchie is one of the most refined Chardonnays in the range. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018.”
Antonio Galloni

92 Points Wine Spectator

“Rich and creamy, both in flavor and texture, this white displays a pure beam of ripe apple, pear, fig and butterscotch notes, which glide along on the finish. Drink now through 2018. 222 cases made.”
James Laube

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Harvest Date September 30

Growing Season 2010 began with a wet winter and spring across Sonoma County. Summer was cool, though as harvest approached temperatures rose. Our pinot noir and chardonnay ripened fully and evenly, allowing sugars and acid to develop in balance. The wines from 2010 are bright, expressive and elegant.

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 12 months in French oak barrels; 67% new
• Aged sur lies; biweekly bâtonnage
• Unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2012

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