Fritz Ruxton Vineyard Chardonnay 1998 Front Label
Fritz Ruxton Vineyard Chardonnay 1998 Front Label

Fritz Ruxton Vineyard Chardonnay 1998

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Yet another spectacular vineyard cultivated by the well-known Dutton family, the Ruxton Vineyard is a five-acre vineyard facing Southeast, high on a ridge above Occidental in the Russian River Valley. The vineyard was planted in 1972, and produces shy bearing, small clusters, tiny berries and rich, intense flavors. This wine is lush with bright flavors, and the spiciness is delicate, with a soft, open texture. High-toned, pronounced aromatics of Meyers lemon and fleshy apricot combine with subtle oak for a lingering, intense finish. Very aromatic.

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Guided by his vision of creating a small family winery specializing in handcrafted, limited-edition, wines, Arthur "Jay" Fritz built a radically designed subterranean facility high upon a hill in the Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma County. With offerings from both the Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys, Fritz is particularly distinguished for their vineyard designated Chardonnays.

Sourced from some of the most sought after parcels in the Russian River and Dry Creek Valleys, these single-vineyard wines reflect consultant Helen Turley's signature approach of extreme vineyard management and artisan winemaking.

The exceptional benefits of unique terroir represented by discreet blocks of vines, combined with quality-driven vineyard practices, result in extraordinary fruit. The winery's unusual three-tiered gravity flow design virtually eliminates pumping and ensures juice devoid of harsh phenolics. Over 200 linear feet of caves stretch into the hillside, providing ideal aging conditions for the reds.

The commitment to quality, from vineyard to bottle, is the hallmark of Fritz wines.

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Home to a diverse array of smaller AVAs with varied microclimates and soil types, Sonoma County has something for every wine lover. Physically twice as large as Napa Valley, the region only produces about half the amount of wine but boasts both tremendous quality and variety. With its laid-back atmosphere and down-to-earth attitude, the wineries of Sonoma are appreciated by wine tourists for their friendliness and approachability. The entire county intends to become a 100% sustainable winegrowing region by 2019.

Grape varieties are carefully selected to reflect the best attributes of their sites—Dry Creek Valley’s consistent sunshine is ideal for Zinfandel, while the warm Alexander Valley is responsible for rich, voluptuous Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are important throughout the county, most notably in the cooler AVAs of Russian River, Sonoma Coast and Carneros. Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah have also found a firm footing here.

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.

WWH30F12R2_1998 Item# 11170

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