Aubert Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay 2013

Aubert Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay 2013


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The 2013 Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay shows much of the same power and youth we saw in 2001 and 2002. Now over a decade old, these wines are still full of life, and we expect the 2013 to offer much of the same structure for continued bottle aging. Initial impressions reveal Ritchie's signature aromatics of lime zest, dried pineapple and green tea. Uplifting notes of white peach and honeycomb highlight the 2013 vintage in specific. Yellow hues and an intense green to the edge of the glass duly note this is Ritchie. The unique structure of our Chardonnay is focused with powerful length on the palate, and will allow this wine to age for 15+ years. The wine has a slight hazy clarity showing our commitment to minimal intervention winemaking.
Category White Wine
Region California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast
Brand Aubert
  • wa96-98

Wine AdvocateFrom Aubert's oldest vines, the 2013 Chardonnay Ritchie (1,000 cases produced) is made from the 40-year-old Chardonnay clone called Old Wente. Candied citrus, wet rocks, Granny Smith apples, white peach and honeysuckle notes are found in this full-bodied, prodigious Chardonnay with crisp acidity buttressing the viscous, full-throttle style. All of these 2013s have at least a decade of aging potential.

Robert Parker, December 2014
  • ws93

Wine SpectatorPure, rich and vibrant, with a sleek build and a tight mix of green apple, citrus, mineral and melon flavors, ending with a juicy aftertaste. A sleek beam of zesty fruit makes this striking. Drink now through 2020. 1,100 cases made.

James Laube, June 30, 2014