Wente Riva Ranch Reserve Chardonnay 1996

Chardonnay from Central Coast, California

Item No. 18219
  • white wine
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Winemaker's Notes

Riva Ranch Chardonnay exhibits the lush tropical flavors characteristic of great Central Coast Chardonnays. Barrel fermentation and aging in American oak has married delicious pineapple and guava flavors with the buttery, toasty taste of new oak, and the rich, mouth filling character derived from 10 months on the lees. The result is a Chardonnay with tremendous depth and personality.

Alcohol: 14% by volume

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Wente Vineyards is California's oldest family owned and continuously operated winery. Founded in 1883 by C. H. Wente, the winery is now managed by the fourth and fifth generations of the Wente family. The winery farms nearly 3,000 acres of estate vineyards in the Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay, and Arroyo Seco, Monterey appellations, two premier Central Coast winegrowing regions.

Family owned and operated for over 120 years, the fourth and fifth generations are committed to producing wines of distinguished character and excellence at an affordable price.

Learn About Central Coast

The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others. Notable Facts...

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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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