Wente Vineyards Riva Ranch Reserve Chardonnay 2004
Fermentation: 90% of this wine was barrel fermented, with the balance in stainless steel. After the primary fermentation, the wine was allowed to naturally undergo malolactic fermentation. Aging: The wine was aged sur lie for 12 months. Batonnage, the stirring of the barrels was performed monthly.
This is a 2002 Chardonnay and is hmmmm..... I'm not a pro but ya it sure was fruity
Creamy and excellent - no acidic bite. Nice Balance. I never really consiered Wente wins before and this was a gift someone had provided me a few years ago. I decided I should enjoy it today, and was extremely surprised at how much I enjoyed it.
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The 2004 Riva Ranch Chardonnay is an exceptional balance between the characters of the fruit, the sur lie barrel ageing, and the malolactic fermentation. As usual, the fruit component of our Arroyo Seco Chardonnay is tropical in nature, with bright green apple aromas surrounded by hints of vanillas, graham, and toast from the barrels. Rounding out this wine is the subtle level of butter from the malolactic fermentation, providing a full mouth feel and smooth finish.
Dietary Information: Certified Sustainable
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