Wente Vineyards

Riva Ranch Heritage Block Chardonnay

8.861 ratings
8.610 pro ratings
Arroyo Seco, Central Coast, California, USA
Chardonnay
Duck, Shellfish, Goose, Mushrooms, Manchego & Parmesan, Game, Pork, Squash & Root Vegetables, Chicken, Turkey, Cheddar & Gruyere, Meaty & Oily Fish, White Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Cream Sauces
Top Notes For
Meg Maker

Wine Writer, Maker's Table

8.0

Butter, lemon curd, gooseberry, and candied citrus yield to unctuous creamy caramel and notes of roasted hazelnuts. This wine is glossy and big, like a three-tiered wedding cake slathered with lemon buttercream. Barrel-fermented, with 8 months of neutral oak aging. 13.5% abv | $22 (sample)

Butter, lemon curd, gooseberry, and candied citrus yield to unctuous creamy caramel and notes of roasted hazelnuts. This wine is glossy and big, like a three-tiered wedding cake slathered with lemon buttercream. Barrel-fermented, with 8 months of neutral oak aging. 13.5% abv | $22 (sample)

2 people found it helpfulMay 22nd, 2014
Austin Baird

Great Chardonnay! Had a tropical feel, something I have never tasted before. Hints of pineapple and plenty of citrus! Yum!

Great Chardonnay! Had a tropical feel, something I have never tasted before. Hints of pineapple and plenty of citrus! Yum!

2 people found it helpfulApr 17th, 2014
Kent Thayer

Kent had this 6 years ago

Kent had this 6 years ago

1 person found it helpfulJun 25th, 2014
Karen Henry

My kind of Chardonnay: creamy mouthfeel but with crisp minerality. Ripe fruit gives complex flavour without sweetness. Balanced acidity, slight oak on finish. Great value. And available in Trader Joe's! :)

My kind of Chardonnay: creamy mouthfeel but with crisp minerality. Ripe fruit gives complex flavour without sweetness. Balanced acidity, slight oak on finish. Great value. And available in Trader Joe's! :)

1 person found it helpfulFeb 17th, 2014
Denis Roudenko

15.5/20 (87/100)

15.5/20 (87/100)

Feb 7th, 2015
Clayton Bahr

Blind wine #1, the only one I got right today.

Blind wine #1, the only one I got right today.

Jul 9th, 2014
Matthew Horbund

The $22 @wente Riva Ranch chard - sweet pear w vanilla caramel, sweet honey, white floral #ChardDay #wentechard

The $22 @wente Riva Ranch chard - sweet pear w vanilla caramel, sweet honey, white floral #ChardDay #wentechard

May 23rd, 2014
Brad Hemmer

Nice Chardonnay, especially for price. Light buttery oaky flavor.

Nice Chardonnay, especially for price. Light buttery oaky flavor.

Nov 12th, 2013
Kelli

Tall grass. Solid buttery notes with hints of melon. Would buy again

Tall grass. Solid buttery notes with hints of melon. Would buy again

Apr 10th, 2018
Peter J.

13775

13775

May 20th, 2014