This new release marks the 17th consecutive bottling from the majestic old vines of Ritchie Vineyard and is among the most memorable. The wine walks a delicate line between power and finesse, opulence and focus, offering a deep succulence that is typical of this heralded vineyard, farmed with great dedication and pride by the local legend that is Kent Ritchie himself. The DuMOL is known for making sophisticated, exciting single vineyard Chardonnays and this '17 is forward, generous and broad. "Sheer deliciousness is its calling card. That’s not to say it’s overblown, however, as the loose-textured, airy, volcanic white pumice stone soils bring great vibrancy and energy to the wine’s long, expansive finish. The wine shows aromas of orange blossom, mixed stone fruits and honeysuckle. The palate is immediately broad and mouth-filling with tangerine oil and orange sherbet flavors. The wine’s center is rich in extract—deep and almost chewy. It finishes with mineral signatures and a lingering citrus zest note." - Andy Smith, winemaker. 724 cases were produced.