Wente Chardonnay Riva Ranch Vineyard 2021


Single vineyard wines are grown in specific vineyard blocks – which are named after the pioneers who were closely involved in the history of Wente’s winemaking tradition.

Riva Ranch Vineyard in Arroyo Seco, Monterey. Arroyo Seco, where Wente have been growing grapes since the 1960’s, is widely regarded as one of the best places in California to grow Chardonnay. The long, cool growing season with the deep gravelly soil ripen the Chardonnay perfectly which gives natural balance of sugar and acidity.

90% barrel fermented in a combination of new and second use French and American oak. 10% is stainless steel fermented.

“The 2021 Riva Ranch Vineyard Chardonnay opens with toasty oak aromatics, complemented by fruit notes from baked apple to freshly cut pineapple, melted caramel and toasted brioche on the palate. The mouthfeel is slightly viscous and supple yet full of youthful supporting acidity that opens up and evolves with each sip. Lovely acidity with pH3.13 ensures the wines freshness as well as balance of alcohol at 13.5% vol.”

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