"Perfectly roasted marshmallow and baked Pippin apples overpower the nose. Sage and thyme aromas reveal themselves adding to the wine’s complexity. Throughout the finish, cotton candy, anise, and stone fruit pit, flavors slowly dwindle away." – Erin Green, Winemaker November 2011
- Ritchie Vineyard
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #162, December 2005
The 2004 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast is produced from the old Wente clone planted in the Ritchie Vineyard, which is certainly turning out to be a fabulous grand cru site whether the wine is made by Pahlmeyer, Marc Aubert, or others. Displaying plenty of orange rind, buttered pineapple, and leesy brioche notes, it is a seductive, sexy, full-bodied, heady wine with tremendous richness as well as good underlying acidity. Like so many Sonoma Coast Chardonnays, it reveals a greenish hue to the light gold/straw color, which usually signifies a potentially long life.
James Laube, Wine Spectator, July 2006
Floral, honeysuckle aromas are joined by ripe pear, citrus and hazelnut flavors that are silky and elegant, finishing with good richness and a dash of nutmeg-laced oak flavor.
Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May/June 2006
Healthy green-tinged yellow color. Ripe peach and nectarine perked up by flowers, minerals and citrus peel. Juicier in the mouth than the Napa Valley offering, with a strong nutmeg spiciness lifting the peachy fruit.
- Erin Green
- September 1 to September 30, 2004
- August 31, 2005
- October 1, 2006
The whole-cluster grapes were barrel-fermented on native yeasts and aged in 100% new French oak barrels for 11 months. The wine also progressed through 100% malolactic fermentation and was neither fined nor filtered.