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2016 Wente Riva Ranch Chardonnay

2016 Wente Riva Ranch Chardonnay

wnt-rvrnchrd16
Region
Central Coast, CA
Appellation
Arroyo Seco

Type
White
Varietal
Chardonnay
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96pts & Double Gold – 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Displaying a rich and perfect balance of tropical fruit, acidity and creamy notes of butter, crème brulee, vanilla, and toasty oak from barrel aging, this Chardonnay has a rich, full mouth-feel and a balanced, long finish.

Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Arroyo Seco
Vineyard Designation
Riva Ranch
Harvest Date
10/8-10/19
Sugar
24.5
Acid
0.73g/100ml
pH
3.52
Alcohol %
14.5
Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
For five generations our family has been dedicated to the art of winemaking and to the philosophy that the quality of a wine originates in the vineyard. Our Riva Ranch Single Vineyard Chardonnay is sourced exclusively from our family’s Riva Ranch Vineyard in Arroyo Seco, Monterey. Arroyo Seco, where we have been growing since the 1960’s, is widely regarded as one of the best places in California to grow Chardonnay. The cool growing season with the deep gravelly soil ripen the Chardonnay perfectly which gives natural balance of sugar and acidity. Recognized as “California’s First Family of Chardonnay”, our family was the first in California to produce a varietally labeled Chardonnay made from our Wente clone. Today, many of the great Chardonnay vineyards in California are planted with the Wente clone which originated from our family’s estate. We farm the following clones for our Riva Ranch Chardonnay: 2A, Clone 4, Dijon clones 95, 96, 76 and Old Wente Heritage Clones. Each clone offers different flavors, textures and aromatics to the final blend. The 2014 vintage provided wonderfully complex wines that are textured and offer beautiful aromatic intensity.
Winemaker Notes
FERMENTATION To complement the rich fruit flavors, we barrel ferment about 90% of this wine in a combination of 60% new and 40% second use French and American oak barrels which adds notes of vanilla and spice and a softer, fuller mouthfeel. 10% is stainless steel fermented, preserving the natural vibrancy of the fruit. 100% malolactic fermentation. AGING The wine was aged sur lie for 10 months in the same French and American oak barrels. Batonnage, the art of stirring the barrels, is performed every two weeks. This adds a creamy note to the wine and enhances the texture.
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