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DuMol Chloe Chardonnay 2017
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DuMol Chloe Chardonnay 2017

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Our seventeenth consecutive bottling from the majestic old vines of Ritchie Vineyard is among the most memorable, as one would expect given the incredible quality of this magical vintage. The wine walks a delicate line between power and finesse, opulence and focus, offering a deep succulence that is typical of this heralded vineyard, farmed with great dedication and pride by the local legend that is Kent Ritchie himself. It's our most "California-styled" Chardonnay each year: forward, generous and broad. Sheer deliciousness is its calling card. That's not to say it's overblown, however, as the loose-textured, airy, volcanic white pumice stone soils bring great vibrancy and energy to the wine's long, expansive finish. The wine shows aromas of orange blossom, mixed stone fruits and honeysuckle. Thyme leaf, wet stone and almond paste notes lend complexity. The palate is immediately broad and mouth-filling with tangerine oil and orange sherbet flavors. The wine's center is rich in extract-deep and almost chewy. It finishes with mineral signatures and a lingering citrus zest note. Ritchie is typically our lowest-acidity Chardonnay each vintage, so it's the designate to open and drink first. While I expect the wine to improve in bottle for 4-6 years, I think its greatest charm is found in its fruit-driven power and density. Drink between late 2019 and 2023.
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The 2017 Chardonnay Chloe Ritchie Vineyard is beautifully floral and perfumed, with soaring aromatics and racy, layered fruit. There is plenty of depth, but in this range, the Ritchie stands out for its lifted, gracious feel and exceptional balance.

Antonio Galloni, April 2020
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The 2017 Chardonnay Chloe Ritchie Vineyard was barrel fermented and aged 12 months on the lees in 33% new oak. It opens to aromas of yellow peach, quince paste, baked apples and spicy oak touches with accents of honey, toast, hay and white flowers plus touches of seashell and lime peel. Light to medium-bodied, it's intensely flavored with a mineral/savory dichotomy in the mouth, mouthwatering acidity and a long, layered and textured finish. Wow! 750 cases produced.

Erin Brooks, December 19, 2019
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Lemon curd, chamomile, orange blossom, and a touch of tropical fruit emerge from the 2017 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard Chloe, an exotic, full-bodied effort that offers a singular character. Upfront and with a big, mouthfilling texture, it shows a terrific sense of salinity and minerality on the finish and shows a more Burgundian side to this Grand Cru site.

June 14, 2019
Wine Spectator
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Pillowy and seductively spicy, with lots of custardy accents to the apple pastry and ripe pear flavors, loaded with buttery accents. Creamy finish. Drink now through 2024. 724 cases made.

Kim Marcus, April 22, 2020