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93pts, Wine Spectator
Very rich, with brioche notes to the succulent ripe pear, apple pastry and dried apricot flavors. Shows fine density and texture, with a long finish loaded with hints of spice and honey. Drink now through 2022. 275 cases made. — KM

92+, Wine Advocate
The 2016 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard opens with soft melon, poached pear and white peach with notes of dried hay and almond. Light to medium-bodied in the mouth, with good concentration of stone fruit plus savory layers, it's lifted by great juicy acidity and has a long honey-nut finish. 275 cases produced.

92pts, James Suckling
Very supple, smoothly ripe and creamy peach aromas and flavors here with a nicely woven thread of spicy oak. Very satisfying, richly fruited finish. Drink now.

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Chardonnay
  • APPELLATION
    Russian River Valley
  • ALCOHOL
    13.50%
  • SIZE
    750ml

Ok, you know Richie Vineyard, right? Aubert, Ramey, Red Car, Paul Hobbs, Bevan all make ridiculous bottlings from the vineyard that are uber delicious and oh so luxurious (with a price to match naturally!). When we found this version from Metzker, the small family-run winery who is quite fortunate to snag a modest parcel from the 40+-year old Wente clone vines (especially when we know the competition!), we were ENAMORED.

And then the scores! 93pts from Wine Spectator, dual 92pters from Wine Advocate and James Suckling. This is a favorite, friends. It’s California with a hint of Meursault. Layered and rich with notes of brioche, hazelnuts, ripe pears, peaches and apricots on the mid-palate and finishes with this stunning citrus, melon, vibrant acidity and minerality. It’s shocking the transition it makes from its opulence to its refreshment.

Support your small Sonoma producers! Enjoy a 93pter from a highly accoladed vineyard source! We forgot to mention, it’s 40% off. If you weren’t convinced before, you certainly should be now. Chardonnay lovers rejoice!

THE STORY TO KNOW

"Metzker Family Estates is a small family owned winery, founded in 2014 by Mike Metzker. MFE strives to produce exceptional wines that are true to their region, varietal and terroir. We carefully select fruit from some of the most prestigious vineyards in Napa and Sonoma counties ranging from the Russian River Valley and the Sonoma Coast in Sonoma to both Spring and Howell Mountains in Napa Valley.

Metzker Family Estates’ Winemaker, Melissa Castro, artfully crafts wines that mirror the terroir by having a hands-on approach in the vineyard, and takes it further to assist in developing the sales and marketing strategy. Her contagious passion and joy for winemaking is spread throughout every facet of what MFE does."