Aubert Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay 2011

Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California

Price: $145.00
Item No. 122068
  • V96
  • WS93
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2010
  • WS94
  • V94
  • 2005
  • RP96
  • ST96
  • WS93
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Winemaker's Notes

Telltale "Ritchie Vineyard" intensities abound—yellow hues with a touch of green, definable tones of dried lemon and lime skins make up the aromatic profile. The mouth feel is very rich and the natural acidity gives the wine stability for continued bottle aging.

The wine has a slight hazy clarity showing our commitment to minimal interventional winemaking.

Critical Acclaim

"The 2011 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard is utterly magnificent. I especially like the way the 2011 is at once unbelievably rich, but not at all heavy. Yellow stone fruit, light floral honey, nectarine and almonds inform the rich, oily finish. The 100% new barrels are imperceptible. All the elements are beautifully in place in this harmonious, voluptuous Chardonnay. This is a great, great showing from Mark Aubert. "
96 Points

"The pure, rich smoke, fig, apricot and crème brûlée flavors are deep and persistent in this white, which is slow to open but gains depth, focus, persistence and length, ending with light toasted marshmallow."
93 Points

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Learn About Aubert

Owner/winemaker Mark Aubert has had a distinguished winemaking career including a 12 year stint at Peter Michael where he followed Helen Turley. Aubert succeeded Turley again several years later at Colgin Cellars. He has been a winemaking consultant for several prestigious wineries including Sloan, Bryant and Futo. He crafts outstanding vineyard-designate Chardonnays and Pinot...

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Learn About Sonoma County

Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...

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Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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