White | Chardonnay | France | Burgundy | 750ml
A discreet touch of wood frames an elegant and quite pretty nose of lemon, stone, pear and floral scents that gives way to exceptionally rich yet attractively well-detailed medium-bodied flavors that possess a seductive mouth feel. There is excellent cut and punch to the lingering finish and overall, this is really very stylish.Burghound 90-93 Points
White | Chardonnay | United States | California | 750ml
The 2010 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard shows terrific energy, cut and focus, with bright shades of lemon, flowers, mint and crushed rocks. It is a beautifully delineated, energetic Chardonnay to drink over the next few years. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018. This is a dazzling set of Chardonnays and Pinots from Paul Hobbs. The wines are made with native primary and secondary fermentations, aged on their lees and bottled without fining of filtration. Vintages 2009 and 2010 are both strong, but I find myself favoring the 2010s for their greater verve and focus. Either way, it is virtually impossible to go wrong with any of these new and upcoming releases.
The 2010 Chardonnay Platt Vineyard stands out in this range. A big, broad-shouldered wine, the Platt is actually reminiscent of a red wine in its structure. Lemon, oyster shells, salt and all sorts of citrus notes are woven throughout in this intense, saline finish. Think of the Platt as a California version of Corton-Charlemagne. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2020. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 95 pointsLight yellow-gold. Ripe pear and peach on the nose, with exotic floral and mineral accents. Shows very good energy in the mouth, displaying pink grapefruit and quince notes deepened by musky herbs and smoky lees. Finishes firm and stony, with excellent length and a hint of white flowers. Stephen Tanzer's Int'l Wine Cellar 93 PointsTight and slow to unfold, this reveals a focused core of fruit and spice, pushed along by intense flavors of green apple, ripe pineapple and citrus, ending with a wet stone vibrancy. Drink now through 2020. 750 cases made. Wine Spectator 92 Points