Orange blossom, orange marmalade, peach and nectarine, prosciutto and melon. Oyster shell freshness and wet stone minerals. Sweet and pliant fruit- lled palate. Real depth and extract. Honey and baking spice. The deep, deep avors linger long on the layered rising whistle-clean nish. Great pedigree. As usual the broadest, richest and most Californian of our four classic designate chardonnays, and in some stylistic regards, the natural partner to Ryan Pinot Noir - why not pair them together over a long leisurely dinner? There's a power here and deep booming resonance that comes from low-yielding old vines planted in shallow marine-based soils with just the right amount of clay to give body and roundness. It's a very aristocratic wine which is why there's a legion of other producers lining up to work with these two special vineyards, such is their quality and reputation. We are among the rst to harvest our respective section of each vineyard as we're focused on a style that harmonizes the broad richness these vines naturally wish to produce, with the delicate savory elements that provide lift, freshness and detail. This way the nal wine doesn't become heavy or fat at all. We get the best of both worlds, depth and character but airy and intense - all in proportion, no awkward edges. Rich, broad and powerful fruit-driven wine with old vine sinew and a clean mineral spine. Lots of nuance and detail.
VinousThe 2014 Chardonnay Chloe Ritchie-Lorenzo Old Vines is just as exciting today as it was last year. A wine of energy, tension and breadth, the 2014 has it all. Lemon confit, white flowers, mint and peach infuse a deeply expressive, voluptuous Chardonnay that will drink well for at least a handful of years, although the explosive finish suggests a year or two in bottle is not a bad thing.
Wine AdvocateThe 2014 Chardonnay Chloe gives expressive guava, pink grapefruit and pineapple notes with touches of candied ginger, praline and brioche. Medium to full-bodied with a beautifully oily texture and packed with tropical fruit flavors, it finishes long and toasty.
Wine SpectatorA touch raw and edgy, this remains well-focused and complex. In need of short-term cellaring to round out the edges. Drink now through 2021. 820 cases made.