NC- 2021 Arista Ritchie Chardonnay

NC- 2021 Arista Ritchie Chardonnay

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Arista Winery was founded by Al and Janis McWilliams in 2002 with a mission to craft artisanal, site-driven Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley. From the outset, the McWilliams have believed that the finest examples of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay come from small lots. This commitment to quality over quantity has driven them to discover and develop unique vineyard sites that capture the distinct characteristics of the Russian River Valley. Arista is dedicated to sustainable farming practices and collaborates closely with local growers who share this commitment. Their approach focuses on preserving the natural qualities of each vineyard site, with minimal intervention to maintain the authenticity of the terroir.

Artista's Description
"Ritchie Vineyard is without a doubt one of California’s Grand Cru Chardonnay sites. For nearly 50 years, Kent Ritchie has been farming this special slope in the heart of the Russian River Valley, and the resulting wines are legendary. We feel incredibly fortunate to work with the oldest and highest block in the vineyard, which is one of the oldest plantings of Chardonnay in the Russian River Valley. These ancient vines produce a small crop of small-berried clusters every year, and the wines are consistently impressive for their balance, intensity, and poise. 

"The 2021 Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay is packed with energy and tightly wound. Made exclusively from the “Old Wente” selection of Chardonnay grown on textbook Goldridge soils, the wine is citrus-driven and buoyed by persistent, refreshing acidity. At first, lemon-lime notes drive the aromatics, and the wine is racy and lean on the palate. With time in the glass, a procession of hidden flavors emerges: grilled pineapple, lemon tart, and creme brûlée all add to the incredible complexity of this bright and aromatic expression of New World Chardonnay. The 2021 season yielded spectacular wines built for aging, and the Ritchie Chardonnay is a prime example."

"Extremely focused and energetic nose of sliced limes and Meyer lemons with lemongrass. Some stone and hints of flint. Full-bodied with superb density and structure and phenolics that you can feel. It goes on for minutes. Slightly chewy at the end. From Wente clones planted in 1974. Better in three or four years."
-James Suckling, 98 Points


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