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.
"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. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2021."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni
"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."