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The 2015 Russian River Valley Chardonnay is sourced from the legendary Ritchie Vineyard, a vineyard that was planted in 1971 and is widely-recognized to be amongst some of the very best Chardonnay sites in the country. The Old Wente clone (on AXR-1 rootstock) Chardonnay is grown on the rolling hillsides of the Russian River Valley. The Sandy Goldridge Loam soils that the Chardonnay grapes are grown on originated from an archaic seabed containing tuffaceous volcanic pumice deposits mixed with small pebbles. The oceanic coastal breezes deliver cooling fog in the mornings and evenings, creating idyllic balanced growing conditions. This combination brings forth an exceptionally unique “Grand Cru” site that produces wines of intense character and complexity.
“Vibrant and racy aromas of pineapple and other tropical fruits laced with citrus peel and a hint of wet stone. A beautiful and rich mouthfeel with notes of orange blossom and nectarine all framed by lip smacking acidity. A Chardonnay to enjoy now but worthy of several years in the cellar.”
A seductively bright and vibrant wine, floral aromas of citrus, lemon meringue, and a touch of toasted brioche inundate the nose. In the mouth, the wine is crisp with a lush, full-bodied offering on the palate - intense and expansive melon, peach, apple and fig flavors. This is all accentuated by fresh, balanced acidity and minerality.The wine's long elegant and focused finish showcase bright apple flavors with hints of cutrus mineral and oak spice.Ready to enjoy now but will gain further complexity with continued aging over the next 5 years.
Riley's Rows is the project of Eric Flanagan's daughter Riley. Riley grew up with Flanagan Wines, and is now off on her own!
The 2015 Riley’s Rows Chardonnay North Coast has an expressive nose that encompasses both tropical fruits and barrel notes. The vintage character means that this wine shows a riper fruit profile. Pear and stone fruits like peach and apricot predominate rather than the citrus notes we typically see in cooler years.