14.5% ABV Vanilla, nice oak.Wow! — 10 days ago
About what I rated the 09 in 2012 and the 14 in 2017. And I think I had a 12 not too long ago. These chards are good but this one particularly didn't hold a candle to a 14 Aubert Ritchie Chard. Hopefully not bottle variation on a 2015... Seemed to just not have a whole lot there. And I don't think it's because it is too astringent...the Judge wines seem to definitely rock it though. I got ahold of this one probably an hour after it had been open. — 3 years ago
2007 Aubrey Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay. Was pretty buttery, oaky when we opened it. Didn’t drink it. Corked it and tried it again tonight. It’s pretty much dead - not much finish and it ends pretty abruptly. — 2 years ago
Attended a Parallel Wines private tasting last night. Very nice and classic in style. Didn’t realize how small their production is...less than 600 total cases. This is their 20th year and Melka has been with them from the beginning.
Fun to try next to the ‘14. Aromatically, they are very similar...creme brûlée, marzipan and honeyed pastries. However, there is quite a bit more acidity here that catches you off guard. There are some similarities here to Aubert’s Larry Hyde & Sons Chardonnay. Notes of honeysuckle, sea salt and powdered lemon bar on the palate. A bright expression of Ritchie vineyard. — 3 years ago
Boy, we found the sweet spot! 2010 is gorgeous and drinking perfectly! — 4 years ago
Fish night and to be honest I grabbed this Bure because it’s one of the few odd shaped bottles messing up the spacing in my wine fridge😜Not used to complex chardonnays like this. A heavy 14.5% white. — 4 years ago
Man, this one gave the younger Aubert Ritchie a run for its money. This is drinking perfectly at this point. Lots of herbs and yellow peach on the front with probably less acidity than it had a few years ago. Very rounded and full bodied mouthfeel. A little bit of kiwi and pear. Toward the finish, this one still showed a tiny bit of astringency. With the right aging, I think this one still has another three to five years and it without a doubt. Definitely not over the hill, although I would say this one is really close to peak. — 3 years ago
I've got a love-hate relationship with Oregon Pinot Noir, and now that I've figured out what I love oh, I'm going to start buying these when I see them! Very grippy, full throttle, fruit in your face Pinot Noir. But it does not go to a jammy or generic or metallic, almost watered down side. This, my friends, is Pinot Noir. Roasted Bing cherry, a little bit spicy, a little bit dirty. Very elegant and round all the way through out with a nice pucker on the finish. Kept coming back to this one more so than the Aubert Ritchie 10. Still a ton of life left. Really nice Pinot. — 3 years ago
Another 4th Friday for the books! Insane pulls this month to follow up the most epic month (April) that we’ve ever had!
Butterscotch, sopapilla seasoning, toasted pita on the nose. Palate reminded me a bit of a Ritchie chard! Nuttiness to it. Honeyed but not tart or sugar driven. Simply delicious. — 4 years ago