This Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay walks the fine line between richness & delicacy. It has a complex and harmonious mouthfeel that balances power with elegance.
Jeb Dunnuck 96 - From vines planted in 1972, the 2015 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard is one of the gems in the lineup. Rocking notes of caramelized citrus, lemon curd, salty minerality and loads of marzipan characteristics, full body, a rich, powerful texture, and great elegance all make for a sensational Russian River Chardonnay. Like all these wines from Ramey, it has the balance and fruit to drink nicely today and the class to evolve for over a decade.
Decanter 94 - This lush-textured white comes from 42-year-old vines grown on the gravelly, sandy Goldridge loam common to great vineyards in Russian River. Harvest was early, but smaller grapes concentrated the flavours. Stylistically, the wine harks back to the full-on seduction of classic California Chardonnay, but it also has lift, tang and the structure to age well. The spicy, pineappley fruit marries well with 21% new oak, which lends the wine depth and complexity.
Wine Advocate 94 - The 2015 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard is a little restrained and reticent to begin, with lime leaves and lemongrass wafts over a core of white peaches, chalk dust and coriander seed. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers incredible freshness and precision, with the raciness contrasted by electric intensity, finishing on a lingering mineral note.