This exquisite white wine, the 2018 Domaine Della Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay, is a true gem from the North Coast region of California, specifically the esteemed appellation of Sonoma. Crafted by the talented team at Domaine Della, this Chardonnay is a testament to their commitment to producing exceptional wines.
In the glass, this wine displays a radiant golden hue, inviting you to indulge in its captivating aromas and flavors. On the nose, the 2018 Domaine Della Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay offers a mesmerizing bouquet of stone fruits, toasted brioche, honeysuckle, and white flowers. These delightful scents intertwine harmoniously, creating a symphony of enticing aromatics.
Upon the first sip, this Chardonnay reveals its true character. Medium to full-bodied, this wine is pure and beautifully balanced. It caresses the palate with luscious flavors of baked quince, yellow apples, lemon cream, hazelnuts, and honey. Each sip is a journey of complexity and elegance, as the wine unfolds its layers of flavor with grace.
The 2018 Domaine Della Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay is masterfully crafted, with 25% new oak and a slightly lower alcohol content, allowing the true essence of the fruit to shine through. Its silky texture and seamless freshness make it a pleasure to drink now, but it also has the potential to age gracefully over the next 7-8 years.
Renowned wine critics have showered this wine with praise, further confirming its exceptional quality. Jeb Dunnuck awarded it an impressive score of 96 points, describing it as "richer and more opulent" with a "great, great finish." Robert Parker's Wine Advocate also recognized its brilliance, giving it 93+ points and highlighting its layered aromas and seamless freshness.
With only 200 cases produced, the 2018 Domaine Della Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay is a rare find that should not be missed by any wine enthusiast. Its mineral-laden earthiness, ample tropical and stone fruit flavors, and full-bodied power and grace make it a truly remarkable wine. Whether enjoyed now or aged for a few more years, this Chardonnay promises an unforgettable tasting experience.