2016 Hertelendy Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay Russian River Valley

California, USA
Special Price $72.25 Regular Price $85.00
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A rich, stunning expression of Chardonnay. Malolactic fermentation gives this pale straw chard creamy, flesh mouthfeel. On the nose you get notes of coconut and honeysuckle. It almost smells like Tokaji the famous Austrian dessert wine. On the palate its beautifully balanced with bright acidity and has a crazy long finish.

Pair with: scallops, chicken, soft cheeses


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Hertelendy Vineyards

Napa Valley, California

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.