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
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.
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
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.