"On the nose, the 2002 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay has intense floral aromas of lilac and lavender, fold into notes of anise and lime pith. On the palate, mashed pineapple fruit is framed by zesty ginger. The wine begs to be accompanied by foie gras." – Erin Green, Winemaker November 2011
- Ritchie Vineyard
James Laube, Wine Spectator, June 2004
A rich, opulent, superripe style with a flash of heat that robs it of a bit of finesse, but there's no shortage of flavor packed into this wine, with layers of ripe fig, cedar and apricot, finishing with a dash of toasty oak.
- Erin Green
- September 27 to October 12, 2002
- August 19, 2003
- June 1, 2004
The whole-cluster grapes, harvested at 25.6 brix, were barrel-fermented on native yeasts and aged in 100% new François Frères French oak barrels for 10 months. The wine also progressed through 100% malolactic fermentation and was neither fined nor filtered.