In a Land of Cabernet Sauvignon 

Hertelendy Vineyards Chardonnay Excels

Ralph Hertelendy is a young man with a compelling personality, infectious smile, and unbridled enthusiasm. Among his many talents – artist,  classical pianist, traveler, linguist (speaks five languages), sports enthusiast- he is also a winemaker extraordinaire. The multi- facets of Ralph’s personality and impressive endowments are integral to what he puts into his wines, and like an intricately woven tapestry, are apparent in every sip.

In 2015, at the age of 34, he burst onto the wine scene with his 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon release, receiving a 95-point score by Robert Parker. Since then, consistent scores up to 99 have regularly honored Hertelendy Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, his blends, and his Chardonnay.

In a wine region where Cabernet Sauvignon is king, the Hertelendy Chardonnay is unlike most others. This is a Chard for Cabernet lovers, unique, big, and bold. Prepare to be wowed.

The grapes are sourced from Ritchie Vineyards, one of the most respected of Chardonnay growing  vineyards,  located  in the Russian River Valley. Ralph has established himself as a serious producer, which the industry and wine  lovers  quickly noticed and for which he has received many accolades.  The  2014 Ritchie Vineyards Chardonnay received a score of 94 from Wine Enthusiast, with the 2015 receiving 95 points. Wine Advocate’s Lisa Perrotti-Brown described the 2014 as “full-bodied, voluptuous and boldly fruited on the palate. This is one for fans of big, buxom Chardonnays done well!”

It is crucial to Ralph that he is involved in every aspect of crafting his wines and creating a unique Chardonnay, differentiating itself through its aromas and flavor profile. No detail is too small, including the distinctive label that changes color to designate optimal drinking temperature. Whereas most Chardonnays generally spend eight to ten months in barrel, Hertelendy Chardonnay is aged in 90% new oak barrels for nineteen months, delivering big, bold, tropical, and unique characteristics. “Close your eyes, take in the aromas, then sip, letting the golden liquid play on your tongue and mouth,” said Ralph. “The scents and flavors are Hawaiian style; grilled pineapple, guava, and melon, combined with a tantalizing flavor of crème brûlée that excites your palate.” This is not just a Chardonnay to sip during the warm weather of Spring or poolside in the summertime. Enjoy a  glass during the chill of winter and imagine relaxing on the sands of Hawaii.

Hertelendy wines, individual  varietal  or blend, speak to the wine lover and are acknowledged as distinctive among their peers. Ralph Hertelendy aspires to bring happiness to other people’s lives and to make them smile. He said, “When someone sips my wine, I want to blow their mind.”



Article By: Don Sonderling