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Wente Vineyards 'Riva Ranch' Reserve Chardonnay 2017

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

Editorial Reviews for Wente Vineyards 'Riva Ranch' Reserve Chardonnay

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,748
3.50 5
Vintage: 2012 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


Member Reviews for Wente Vineyards 'Riva Ranch' Reserve Chardonnay

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Snooth User: Mr Dolce
4535424,422
3.00 5
Vintage: 2012 09/17/2013

Three glasses


Snooth User: 3wildmonkies
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2011 09/12/2013

Love at this price point. Our go to Chard on any night.


Snooth User: akakaizoku
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2004 06/06/2012

This is a 2002 Chardonnay and is hmmmm..... I'm not a pro but ya it sure was fruity

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Snooth User: Brectenwald
7409494
4.00 5
Vintage: 2004 01/22/2011

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.


Snooth User: AlexWhite
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2004 08/24/2012

Four glasses


Snooth User: gemnerd
58687651
4.00 5
Vintage: 1999 09/24/2010

A glass of this wine is worth 30 minutes of yoga! I'm not usually a white girl, but this white wine is wonderful and the price is good as well.

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External Reviews for Wente Vineyards 'Riva Ranch' Reserve Chardonnay

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Vintage: 2013 07/19/2014

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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Vintage: 2012 01/24/2014

Four and a half glasses


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Vintage: 2011 12/12/2014

Arroyo Seco is widely regarded as one of the best places in California to grow Chardonnay. Riva Ranch is the name of the Wente family’s vineyard in Arroyo Seco, where we have been growing Chardonnay since the 1960’s. Wente Vineyards was the first California winery to produce a wine labeled as Chardonnay in 1936. Today, many of the great Chardonnay vineyards in California are planted with the Wente Clone. The majority of this wine was barrel fermented, while the balance was fermented in stainless steel. After primary fermentation, the wine was allowed to naturally undergo malolactic fermentation and then aged sur lie for 8 months in new American oak barrels. The wine shows a luscious mouthfeel with flavors of pear, vanilla and butterscotch and a long, finish.



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