Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay, 2016

Produced by Hertelendy Vineyards

With a total production of only 228 cases, our 2016 Russian River Valley (Old Wente clone) Chardonnay comes off with another hedonistic style, with big boldness, and Cabernet-lover’s delight. Similar to previous vintages, it is still unfined, unfiltered, and using native yeast, but the difference is that in this vintage, Ralph Hertelendy brought Phillip Corallo-Titus (winemaker at Chappellet and Titus) into the Chardonnay program (you’ll notice that both Phillip’s and Ralph’s signatures are now on the back label). Phillip brought that modern Napa style into this process and introduced a brighter acidity and different style of complexity than Ralph had in year’s past.

Icons/location pin Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California
Icons/wine/white California Chardonnay
Icons/star Limited wine (228 cases produced)
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The details

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Structure
  • Tannin
  • Body
  • Acidity
  • Sweetness
  • Funkiness
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Food Pairing

Chicken, Fish, Cheese

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Tasting Notes

Apple, Citrus Blossom, Butterscotch

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Winery Favorite

92 Points Wine Enthusiast This vineyard-designate is ample, soft and rounded in style, from a site planted to old Wente and known for its outstanding quality and richness.

Napa, California

Hertelendy Vineyards

Hertelendy Vineyards specializes in producing Bordeaux varietals from premium mountain fruit, including Oakville, Pritchard Hill, Howell Mountain, Atlas Peak, and our very own 4+ acre Crystal Springs mountainside 1365 ft elevation “Rockwell Ridge” estate vineyard (35 ft below the Howell Mountain AVA) planted in 1993.

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What's in the bottle
Chardonnay (100%)
ABV: 14.7%
Harvest
Chardonnay from Ritchie Vineyard, Russian River Valley (100%).
Winemaking
Aging
19 Months in 90% New French Oak

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