Growing Conditions


Our Ritchie Chardonnay walks the fine line between richness & delicacy. It has a complex and harmonious mouthfeel that balances power & elegance.

The 2012 growing season was close to ideal with temperate and steady temperatures that produced a long, moderate growing season with extended hang time and even ripening. There were no significant heat spikes or rains.


Bottled without filtration.


We use classical Burgundian techniques with the addition of whole cluster pressing of the grapes. All of our Chardonnays go through native yeast fermentation in three-year air dried French oak barrels and then native, delayed malolactic fermentation.


Our 2012 Ritchie aged sur lies for 18 months in 30% new oak barrels. It was lightly fined with traditional fining agents.