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Fall Release Richie-Lorenzo Vineyards Chloe Chardonnay

Winemaker’s Notes

2013 sees a change of direction for our Chloe bottling. The wine has moved from a Ritchie Vineyard exclusive to an old vine blend based upon Ritchie and Lorenzo vineyards, two of the greatest historical Californian chardonnay vineyard sites. We’ve worked with Lorenzo since 2009 and have been working towards this blend since then, fine-tuning each vintage. Lorenzo was planted in 1974, two years after Ritchie, to a similar Old Wente vine selection and lies in a slightly cooler part of the RRV. Whereas Ritchie is all about ripe orange marmalade fruit and broad layers, Lorenzo is firmer, more lemon and lime, less body but higher acidity, less natural density but typically a longer wine with more minerals and savory complexity. They make a natural and perfect combination. You will recognize many typical Chloe traits – weight and deep-rooted power, but now it’s allied to a clear linear focus and I love how the flavors glide effortlessly and evenly from front to back. Our most fruit-forward and deepest chardonnay of the lineup and a great new direction.

Combines typical Chloe richness with bright elegance. Pale straw color. Intense white flowers, lime leaf and zesty grapefruit notes then richer honeydew melon, apple pie, almond paste and honeysuckle. Great balance, linear and focused. Pear and lemon curd, citrus oil and savory fennel with lilting floral notes. Deeply layered palate with an orange marmalade core but subtle in its delivery. Expands beautifully, rising saline finish. Drink between 2015 and 2020.

Andy Smith

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67% Ritchie Vineyard

33% Lorenzo Vineyard

Harvest Date

September 6th & 15th


Russian River Valley


Old Wente

Age of Vines at Harvest

41 years

Barrel Aging

Barrel fermented with complete malolactic fermentation and 12 months aging in 40% new French oak followed by six months settling in tank


1017 cases of 750mL
20 cases of 1.5L
12 bottles of 3L