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2011

Chardonnay

Ritchie Vineyard
Russian River Valley

From the legendary old vines of Ritchie Vineyard we produce a dynamic chardonnay with great concentration, finesse and vibrant acidity. The opalescent straw hued wine exhibits an exotic nose of stone fruit and spices accented with tropical notes of guava and papaya. A firmly structured, steely palate provides the backbone around which layers of pear and toasted brioche wrap themselves. Hints of butter and sweet spices persist over a creamy finish.

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93 points Wine Advocate

“More medium than full-bodied, it reveals terrific depth and richness, especially for a 2011, along with plenty of ripe peach, honeysuckle and tropical fruit notes. This beautiful Chardonnay exhibits good underlying acidity, freshness and purity. Consume it over the next 2-3 years.”
Robert Parker Jr.

93 Points International Wine Cellar

“Pungent, perfumed aromas of orange peel, pear, fresh herbs and ginger, with a hint of iodine. Broad and dry in the mouth, with excellent energy and breadth to the flavors of candied citrus and orchard fruits, minerals and chamomile. Nervy and focused on the persistent finish, which gives a strong mineral impression. ”
Josh Raynolds

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Harvest Date September 30

Growing Season 2011 began with a wet winter and spring across Sonoma and Napa Counties. Summer was warm, and as harvest approached temperatures rose. Our chardonnay ripened fully and evenly, allowing sugars and acid to develop in balance. The wines from 2011 are bright, expressive and faceted.

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 11 months in French oak barrels; 56% new
• Aged sur lies; biweekly bâtonnage
• Unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2013

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