Livermore, California, United States

Founded in 1883, Wente Vineyards is the oldest continuously-operated, family-owned winery in the country; owned and managed by the fourth and fifth generations of the Wente family. Located just east of San Francisco in the historic Livermore Valley, Wente Vineyards is recognized as one of California's premier wine country destinations. The winery draws from nearly 3,000 acres of Estate vineyards in the Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay and Arroyo Seco, Monterey appellations to create an outstanding portfolio of fine wines.

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Riva Ranch Vineyard Chardonnay

SKU 403220
Country United States
Region Monterey, CA
Type White
Varietal Chardonnay
Listing Speculative
Case Config. 12x750ml
Available In BC AB SK MB

Colour

Golden yellow.

Aroma

Lovely notes of citrus and tropical fruit, such as pineapple and mango.

Flavour

Rich mouthfeel gives a taste of lemon-curd or baked apple tart, graham and toasty vanilla from barrel aging. This opulent Chardonnay has balanced acidity and a long smooth lingering finish.

Food Pairing

Pair with green or pasta salads, grilled or poached white fresh fish or shellfish, and roasted chicken infused with herbs.

More Info

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. Riva Ranch is presently planted to three Dijon clones and two Wente clones: clone 2A which had been originally selected for it's intense varietal character and low yield, and clone 4, a second generation Wente clone. This wine is barrel fermented about 90% in a combination of 60% new and 40% second use French and American oak barrels which adds notes of vanilla and spice and a softer, fuller mouthfeel. 10% is stainless steel fermented preserving the natural vibrancy of the fruit.  Riva Ranch Chardonnay undergoes 100% malolactic fermentation and is barrel-aged sur lie for 8 months.

90 pts

Wine Enthusiast, Apr/2020

2018 -

"Daffodil, white flower, Asian pear and almond aromas make for a clean and crisp nose in this single-vineyard expression from the pioneering family. It's lively and fresh in flavors of honeydew, pear and sea salt."

94 pts

The Tasting Panel, Jul/2019

2017 -

"The Wentes have been farming in the cool Monterey County sub-AVA of Arroyo Seco since the 1960s. Offering a longer growing season than Livermore Valley, this area has deep volcanic soils that produce naturally richer fruit. Barrel-aged in French oak and 10% stainless steel–fermented, this wine shows opulent aromas of butterscotch and white pear that lead to a silky entry. Honeysuckle and ripe pineapple strap in a minerality that entwines with an innate creaminess. A classic."

 

Wine Enthusiast, Sept/2019

2017 -

"Fresh pear, nectarine, smoke and apple aromas show on the nose of this bottling. The palate is very ripe with pear and apple-butter flavors, which are cut by lemon spray and then finish toward marzipan and chalk."

93 pts

Los Angeles International Wine Awards 2018

2016 -

Best of Class and Gold Medal

90 pts

Natalie MacLean, Sept/2018

2016 -

"Wente Riva Ranch 2016 is a dry, buttery, single-vineyard, cool-climate Chardonnay from the Arroyo Seco in Monterey County, California. Look for fresh acidity to accompany the buttery fruit, ripe apples, peaches and nectarine flavours. My mouth is watering! This Chardonnay is 90% barrel-fermented, giving it some creaminess and spice as well on the palate. This vintage was awarded Silver at the 2018 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition."

89 pts

Wine Enthusiast, Mar/2018

2016 -

"There's a classic California Chardonnay backbone to this bottling, with aromas of toasted wood, creme brulee, poached pear and apple custard, yet there are also more delicate hints of chalk and orange blossom as well. The palate combines ripe Pink Lady apples and vanilla spice and caramel richness."

 

Wine Spectator, Mar/2018

2016 -

"Fruity, with white cherry and Gala apple flavors that are accented by minerally and creamy accents. Offers a clean and spicy finish. Drink now through 2019. 120,000 cases made."

 

Wine Enthusiast, Aug/2018

2016 -

Editor's Choice "This is a great price for a single vineyard Chardonnay, and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, thanks to the familiar buttered toast and singed oak aromas, which are cut but a lemon-curd-pastry element. The palate falls in line with traditional California style, but done well and balanced, with oak, vanilla and marshmallow flavors."

96 pts

San Francisco International Wine Competition 2017

2015 -

Double Gold Award 

94 pts

Los Angeles International Wine Competition 2017

2015 -

Gold Medal

95 pts

California State Fair Wine Competition 2016

2014 -

Gold Medal & ‘Best of Class of Region’

90 pts

Los Angeles International Wine Awards 2016

2014 -

Gold Medal

94 pts

Los Angeles International Wine Competition 2017

2015 -

Gold Medal 

95 pts

California State Fair Wine Competition 2016

2015 -

Best of Class of Region & Gold Medal