Steve Tanzer 94 points - Tropical fruit is the dominant characteristic of the 2011 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard, a medium-bodied, layered, fresh, pure Chardonnay offering hints of apple blossom, pear, buttered pineapple and orange marmalade. Enjoy this attractive white over the next 3 years.
94 PTS – Vinous / Antonio Galloni
"The 2011 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard is wonderfully intense and saline from start to finish. Bright floral notes meld into orchard fruit, spices and slate. This is one of the brightest, most focused Chardonnays in the range. All the elements are simply in the right place for the 2011 to develop into an even more beautiful wine."
92 PTS – Wine Advocate
"Tropical fruit is the dominant characteristic of the 2011 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard, a medium-bodied, layered, fresh, pure Chardonnay offering hints of apple blossom, pear, buttered pineapple and orange marmalade."
92 PTS – International Wine Cellar
"Vivid gold. Smoky pear and nectarine on the nose, with hints of vanilla, anise and minerals in the background. Sappy and expansive on the palate, offering lively orchard and citrus fruit flavors and a bracing jolt of gingery spices. Finishes spicy, focused and pure, with a touch of iodine."
Ramey Wines Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay walks the fine line between richness and delicacy. Fully mature grapes made a wine of plush richness, though the cool vintage ensured racy acidity. It has a great mouthfeel that balances power and
|Wine maker notes
|Situated directly in the center of the Russian River appellation, our block of Ken Ritchie’s vineyard was planted in 1972 to the Old Wente selection. Widely spaced - the fashion at the time – these old vines, with their thick gnarly trucks, produce only a tiny quantity of grapes per vine. The bench land soil is pure Goldridge loam, common to great vineyards in the in this part of the Russian River Valley.
Like the wine from Hyde and the Hudson Vineyard, this wine is able to absorb more oak without being overwhelmed, and sees about seventy percent new Burgundian barrels. It spends about twenty-one months in barrel, completely sur lies, before being bottled without filtration. The 2002 vintage is our first release of this wine, of which we produced a small quantity - 323 cases.
|Ramey Wine Cellars is dedicated to creating high quality, handcrafted wines with balance and richness from the area’s finest vineyards.
Our philosophy is our process:
It’s about respect for the land. Nature guides our process and we listen – closely.
It’s about terroir. The vineyards are selected for their ability to sustainably produce the highest quality fruit. The soil must be right for the climate, which must be right for the terrain, which must be right for the varietal.
It’s about harmony – the marriage of Old World methods with New World innovations.
It’s about a family of wines crafted for the now, but even better with age. Bold, but in check, sensual, these are wines in perfect balance.
Ramey Wine Cellars. Guided by passion and a commitment to goodness in the glass.