Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Vintage production: 213 cases
Arista’s expression of the Ritchie Vineyard is made all the more exciting as Matt Courtney is renowned for his 10 year tenure at Marcassin – arguably California’s most illustrious Chardonnay producer – where he had a hand in multiple 100 point scoring wines.
First planted in 1972 on the sandy Goldridge soils of the Russian River Valley, the Ritchie Vineyard is regarded as one of Sonoma’s ‘Grand Cru’ sites. The complex terroir of ancient seabed, volcanic ash deposits and pockets of tufa rocks combine to create a unique vineyard that produces wines of intensity and great natural acidity.