While Wente’s historic home is California’s Livermore Valley, the family also has a well-sited vineyard in the Arroyo Seco area of Monterey County, which has proven to be an ideal setting for growing Chardonnay. The 2013 Riva Ranch Chardonnay has a rich nose of buttered toast, vanilla, tropical fruit and ripe apple, leading to a finish that is clean and smooth. This is a well-put-together wine with a juicy quality in the finish that lingers and invites another sip.
MSRP: $22 (May 2015)
Wine Lines rating: 89