Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Sensory Notes: Ritchie is rightfully considered one of California's Grand Cru-caliber vineyards, and this wine shows why. Aromas of tropical fruit, warm hay, honeysuckle, lemon zest, and shortbread rise from the glass. On the palate, the flavors are lush and juicy, with layers of fresh apricot, peach, and lemon, all underscored by a refreshing brightness that leaves you wanting more.
Winemaking Notes: After being hand-sorted, the grapes were whole-cluster pressed off the skins. The hard press was separated, allowing for only free-run juice to be used in this wine. The juice was cold settled for 24 hours before being racked off the heavy lees into French oak barrels, 40% of which were new. Fermentation took approximately three months, with bâtonnage occurring once per day during primary fermentation, then once per week during secondary fermentation. The wine was aged for an additional nine months in barrel before bottling.