Richard Dinner Vineyard is a revered and highly sought-after source of Chardonnay grapes and we are honored to partner with this world-class grower. The vineyard is located on the cool, secluded hillside of Sonoma Mountain, slightly northeast of the town of Sonoma. Old, established, and deep-rooted vines are grown on the northern face in well-drained and ancient loamy soils, leaving the vines open to the maritime influence moving through the gaps in the coastal hills.
Our very first vintage of Richard Dinner Vineyard Chardonnay was harvested in 2019 and consists of an heirloom selection of Chardonnay, known as “Old Wente.” The Wente family obtained vine cuttings from Corton Charlemange in Burgundy, the historical and spiritual home of Chardonnay. They then propagated these cuttings for other growers across the Napa and Sonoma regions.
This heirloom selection of Chardonnay is famed for its pattern of small and large berries within each bunch, known colloquially as “chicks and hens,” and it yields a classical, concentrated flavor, a bold, mouth-filling structure, and a lengthy, mineral finish.