"With the 2001 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, fresh yellow peach, and honeysuckle aromas burst out of the glass. The density of the wine leads to hints of butterscotch and honeycomb, and reminiscences of Burgundian limestone. On the finish, you’re left with flavors of tree-ripened peach and graham cracker crust." – Erin Green, Winemaker November 2011
"The Sonoma Coast Chardonnay carries with it the quintessential characteristics of the Russian River Appellation. The nose lavishes you with aromas of orange blossom, citrus and hints of caramel. The nose follows through on the palate and finishes long and full-bodied." – Erin Green, Winemaker September 2003
- Ritchie Vineyard
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #150, December 2003
The spectacular 2001 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast exhibits a medium light gold color with a greenish hue. It boasts a big, orange blossom, citrus oil, lanolin, and candied tropical fruit-scented perfume along with good underlying acidity, and a hint of minerality.
James Laube, Wine Spectator, June 2003
A big, ripe, opulent style, with generous fig, marshmallow, toasty oak and ginger-spice flavors that coat the palate. Has a long, rich aftertaste, too, picking up a pleasant earthy quality that adds dimension.
Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May/June 2003
Bright, pale yellow. Superripe aromas of peach, apricot, butterscotch and minerals. Dense, thick and strong on fruit. A chewy, highly concentrated wine with excellent volume and depth, just this side of heavy. Finishes with very persistent flavors of candied pineapple and apricot.
- Erin Green
- October 4 to October 5, 2001
- August 22, 2002
- September 1, 2003
Harvested at 25.8 brix, the grapes were barrel-fermented on native yeasts and aged in 100% new François Frères French oak barrels for 11 months. The wine also progressed through 100% malolactic fermentation on the wild yeasts. The wine was bottled neither filtered nor fined.