2018 Domaine Della Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay

Chardonnay - 750ML
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JD 96 JS 94 WE 94 WA 93 WS 92
JD 96

jebdunnuck.com, May 2020

The vineyard designate, the 2018 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard is largely in the same mold, although it was brought up in slightly less new oak (25%) and is just a touch lower in alcohol and higher in acidity. Despite those...
JS 94

jamessuckling.com, January 2022

Hawthorn, ripe-peach, spiced-apple and praline aromas. It’s full-bodied with crisp acidity. Concentrated and flavorful with a dense, phenolic texture. Long and tight. Drink or hold.
WE 94

Wine Enthusiast, October 2020

Mineral-laden earthiness underlies a richly textured and lengthy expression of ample tropical and stone fruit in this impressive vineyard designate. Baking spice and baked pear complete the cohesive picture of full-bodied...
WA 93

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2020

(93+ points) The 2018 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard has layered aromas of baked quince, yellow apples, lemon cream, hazelnuts and honey with touches of baker's yeast. The medium-bodied palate is uber silky and seamlessly...
WS 92

Wine Spectator, August 2020

Well-structured, featuring a fresh, pure-tasting mix of green apple, Asian pear and gooseberry flavors, backed by crisp acidity. Chamomile and honeysuckle notes fill the lithe, expressive finish. Drink now through 2025...


Color & Type White
Varietal Chardonnay
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Sonoma
Vintage 2018
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.5%
Closure Cork

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.