Wente Vineyards

Riva Ranch Single Vineyard Chardonnay

8.8311 ratings
8.622 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
Ry

Winemaker Chateau Ghetto, Cellar Stag's Leap Wine Cellars,

7.3

Lovely color, 4 years and the acid is falling a bit. I bet this would have been awesome a year ago.

Lovely color, 4 years and the acid is falling a bit. I bet this would have been awesome a year ago.

Mar 12th, 2019
Frank Rotello

Standard buttery, vanilla style chard. Drinks ok. Nothing to write home about. Good for cooking

Standard buttery, vanilla style chard. Drinks ok. Nothing to write home about. Good for cooking

Dec 10th, 2018
Brianne Porterfield

Hints of butter and vanilla, crisp and oaky but not overwhelming and holds its own against more expensive wines

Hints of butter and vanilla, crisp and oaky but not overwhelming and holds its own against more expensive wines

2 people found it helpfulDec 23rd, 2015
Jess White

Jess had this 5 years ago

Jess had this 5 years ago

1 person found it helpfulMar 2nd, 2017
Eileen Gross

A rustic clove on the nose on first opening. Mellow Lemon rind & apple flavors. Finishes with a burst of lemon.13/5% alcohol 97% Chardonnay 3% Gewürztraminer retails $22 (sample)

A rustic clove on the nose on first opening. Mellow Lemon rind & apple flavors. Finishes with a burst of lemon.13/5% alcohol 97% Chardonnay 3% Gewürztraminer retails $22 (sample)

1 person found it helpfulMay 21st, 2015
Meg Maker

Wine Writer, Maker's Table

8.0

Creamy lemon aromatics, with toasted bamboo and a touch of bay leaf. Roasted hazelnuts, nutmeg, and lemon cream spread across the palate; the keynote here is toasty oak. 13.5% abv | $22 (sample)

Creamy lemon aromatics, with toasted bamboo and a touch of bay leaf. Roasted hazelnuts, nutmeg, and lemon cream spread across the palate; the keynote here is toasty oak. 13.5% abv | $22 (sample)

1 person found it helpfulFeb 17th, 2015
Michael Wangbickler CWE DipWSET

President Drink Local Wine Inc, Educator Discover Wine & Spirits Academy

9.0

This is the style of California Chardonnay that has made it so popular. Great balance of fruit and oak. #client

This is the style of California Chardonnay that has made it so popular. Great balance of fruit and oak. #client

1 person found it helpfulAug 27th, 2014
Wojciech Bońkowski

Bloger bonkowshi.me

8.7

Cali Chardonnay: really a style I can't warm up to.

Cali Chardonnay: really a style I can't warm up to.

Feb 5th, 2017
Stefan Dolhain

Arroyo Seco AVA in Monterey County.Bright yellow. Nose of tropical fruit with even a hint of lychee (apparently there is 2% of gewurztraminer in the blend). Ripe, round and simple, on the sweetish side, but good acidity and well-integrated oak.

Arroyo Seco AVA in Monterey County.Bright yellow. Nose of tropical fruit with even a hint of lychee (apparently there is 2% of gewurztraminer in the blend). Ripe, round and simple, on the sweetish side, but good acidity and well-integrated oak.

Oct 25th, 2016
Rose’s Cafe

I don't always drink Chardonnay but when I do I want to taste the oak and butter. This one has it. Very nice! 😊

I don't always drink Chardonnay but when I do I want to taste the oak and butter. This one has it. Very nice! 😊

Oct 5th, 2016