Wente was one of the first vineyards in Livermore California, and is the oldest continuously operating winery in the state of California.  It is still family owned, and the Wente Family is the first family of Chardonny.  many of the clones that are in California today are Wente or derivatives of Wente Clones.


The Riva Ranch Chardonnay is a single vineyard wine from the Arroyo Seco AVA in Monterey.  The deeply golden color comes from 8 months in French and American oak, and the spice of the barrels really comes out while the acidity is maintained.

Baked pears, baking spice, golden delicious apples with a rich, rounded finish.

One thought on “Live Blogging: Wente Riva Ranch Chardonnay”

  1. Price tag and buzz go a long way in winning hetars and minds, at least in the short term. Personally, I like to see upsets in these kinds of tastings. That’s not to say I’m not surprised by the results. After trying it once (because of buzz), I’ve never bothered with TBC again. It is really hard to believe that it could stand up to or surpass so many other California wines. Makes you wonder about what it was up against.

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