2016 Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay
90 pts Robert Parker
With a total production of only 228 cases, our 2016 Russian River Valley (Old Wente clone) Chardonnay comes off with another hedonistic style, with big boldness, and Cabernet-lover’s delight. Similar to previous vintages, it is still unfined, unfiltered, and using native yeast, but the difference is that in this vintage, Ralph Hertelendy brought Phillip Corallo-Titus (winemaker at Chappellet and Titus) into the Chardonnay program (you’ll notice that both Phillip’s and Ralph’s signatures are now on the back label). Phillip brought that modern Napa style into this process and introduced a brighter acidity and different style of complexity than Ralph had in year’s past.
Due to delays with COVID-19, we anticipate a July shipment for these wines. We understand that the weather is unpredictable and it may be warm in your location in the month of July. If this is the case, and you preordered this wine, we will be happy to cover the expedited difference to ensure the fastest and most reliable delivery option.