Aubert

Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay

9.371 ratings
9.19 pro ratings
Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California, USA
Chardonnay
Duck, Shellfish, Goose, Mushrooms, Manchego & Parmesan, Game, Pork, Squash & Root Vegetables, Chicken, Turkey, Cheddar & Gruyere, Meaty & Oily Fish, White Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Cream Sauces
Top Notes For
Morgan Harris

Head Sommelier Aureole New York

9.0

2012. This wine is crazy ambitious. It hits the mark in some ways: (oak usage, noble reduction, pristinely ripe fruit) but misses it in others (soft acid, diacetyl, and just a general chubby feeling). I get that they're trying to make an American Montrachet, and it certainly tastes expensive, but I just don't think California's going to let them do it. I just don't think you can get enough phenolic ripeness while maintaining acid and alcohol in this part of California. I fully respect the effort and thrust of the wine, but I can think of a few other ways I'd rather spend my money. Would be really interested to try it in a really cool vintage like '11 or '98.

2012. This wine is crazy ambitious. It hits the mark in some ways: (oak usage, noble reduction, pristinely ripe fruit) but misses it in others (soft acid, diacetyl, and just a general chubby feeling). I get that they're trying to make an American Montrachet, and it certainly tastes expensive, but I just don't think California's going to let them do it. I just don't think you can get enough phenolic ripeness while maintaining acid and alcohol in this part of California. I fully respect the effort and thrust of the wine, but I can think of a few other ways I'd rather spend my money. Would be really interested to try it in a really cool vintage like '11 or '98.

3 people found it helpfulJan 21st, 2015
Charlie Beatty

Buyer wineworksonline.com

9.6

Awesome Pinot a magnum of Aubert 2012 Ritchie . Wine was fabulous. Sorry about the pic .

Awesome Pinot a magnum of Aubert 2012 Ritchie . Wine was fabulous. Sorry about the pic .

Apr 12th, 2015
Knightsbridge Wine Shoppe

Big and rich.

Big and rich.

Dec 12th, 2014
Donald Patz

Owner/Winemaker Patz & Hall

9.4

Impressive. Big and dense.

Impressive. Big and dense.

Sep 25th, 2014
Micah Pope

Very pretty nice acidity velvety and long finish

Very pretty nice acidity velvety and long finish

May 2nd, 2014
Todd Bostock

Missed these guys. Precise stuff.

Missed these guys. Precise stuff.

Mar 17th, 2014
Paul Jakubowski

Dark gold color. Deep, complex nose filled with butter and melons. Wine was deep and high quality. Really enjoyed it.

Dark gold color. Deep, complex nose filled with butter and melons. Wine was deep and high quality. Really enjoyed it.

Nov 26th, 2022
JoAnn Cherry

Ritchie vineyard

Ritchie vineyard

Dec 25th, 2014
Thomas Sorbo

Crisp, excellent fruit, benefitting from bottle age. Goes perfect with my roasted halibut.

Crisp, excellent fruit, benefitting from bottle age. Goes perfect with my roasted halibut.

Oct 5th, 2018
Steve Anderson

“The Return of Mike Grammer” Dinner on 7/5. - first time opening the Eastside and it did not disappoint. Lighter bodied than expected, but full of character.

“The Return of Mike Grammer” Dinner on 7/5. - first time opening the Eastside and it did not disappoint. Lighter bodied than expected, but full of character.

Jul 9th, 2018