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Wente Vineyards 'Riva Ranch' Reserve Chardonnay 2012

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

90% bf, 10% SS, eight months sur lie, two to three perfect gewurztraminer Big woody spice and lots of vanilla greets the nose along with rich pineapple, a little nutmeg, and subtle backing notes of tropical fruits. In the mouth this is fairly rich and very true to the nose with powerful flavors dripping in peachy, pineapple, spicy tropical fruit flavors all backed up with vanilla, a touch of red flowers, and wood spice. Good acids keep this fresh and lead to a clean finish, with just a hint of tannin adding some textural complexity. A nice blend of powerful fruit and the structure to keep it refreshing in the mouth. 88pts

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Wente Vineyards:
Founded more than 125 years ago, Wente Vineyards is the country’s oldest, continuously operated family-owned winery. Today, the winery maintains its leadership role in California winegrowing under ownership and management by the Fourth and Fifth Generations of the Wente family. Blending traditional and innovative winemaking practices, the winery draws from approximately 3,000 acres of sustaina... Read more
Founded more than 125 years ago, Wente Vineyards is the country’s oldest, continuously operated family-owned winery. Today, the winery maintains its leadership role in California winegrowing under ownership and management by the Fourth and Fifth Generations of the Wente family. Blending traditional and innovative winemaking practices, the winery draws from approximately 3,000 acres of sustainably farmed Estate vineyards to create an outstanding portfolio of fine wines. Located just east of San Francisco in the historic Livermore Valley, Wente Vineyards is recognized as one of California’s premier wine country destinations, featuring wine tasting, fine dining and championship golf. Read less
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Editorial Reviews for Wente Vineyards 'Riva Ranch' Reserve Chardonnay

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,221
3.50 5
01/26/2014

90% bf, 10% SS, eight months sur lie, two to three perfect gewurztraminer Big woody spice and lots of vanilla greets the nose along with rich pineapple, a little nutmeg, and subtle backing notes of tropical fruits. In the mouth this is fairly rich and very true to the nose with powerful flavors dripping in peachy, pineapple, spicy tropical fruit flavors all backed up with vanilla, a touch of red flowers, and wood spice. Good acids keep this fresh and lead to a clean finish, with just a hint of tannin adding some textural complexity. A nice blend of powerful fruit and the structure to keep it refreshing in the mouth. 88pts


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Snooth User: Wencis Jude Acosta
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4.40 5
01/24/2014

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Wente Vineyards 'Riva Ranch' Reserve Chardonnay

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Source: The Wine Buyer
09/09/2013

A crowd-pleasing Chardonnay from Wente, working in the Monterey area, the result all caramel, vanilla and lemon-lime with a sweet tropical chaser on the finish. The oak is subtle. This wine will pair deliciously with a range of food, particularly chicken and seafood.



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