Ramey

A Balanced Approach to Wine – and to Life


If there has been a movement in California away from buttery, tropical-sweet Chardonnay and over-ripe, high-octane  Cabernet, surely one of the leaders is David Ramey. Located in picturesque Healdsburg, Ramey Cellars is a craft-winery that produces startlingly fresh and balanced Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon from vineyards in Sonoma County and Napa Valley. Many of Ramey’s wines express the terroir of single vineyards while others are specific to such appellations as the Sonoma Coast or Russian River Valley. With his master’s degree in enology from UC Davis, one might have expected Ramey’s wines to be faultless and squeeky-clean; however, an early internship at Chateau Petrus imbued him with the belief that wines should be restrained, balanced and crafted to accompany food. This combination of the empirical and the romantic (along with almost 20 years of experience at such wineries as Simi, Matanzas Creek and Dominus) has led him to experiment with indigenous yeasts and malolactic and barrel fermentation in search of a new California style. This style seeks to tame the naturally luscious and vivacious fruit of California with the traditional techniques of the Old World. Writing in the Wall Street Journal, novelist (and wine geek) Jay McInerny has described “his Chardonnays just a little more voluptuous than the average Puligny-Montrachet, his cabs less tannic than the typical Médoc.”

Wines from this Winery

2015 Ramey Russian River Valley Chardonnay (375ml)

2015 Ramey Russian River Valley Chardonnay (375ml)

A cool-climate growing region, the Russian River stands out for producing Burgundian varieties with a decidedly Californian spin. Chardonnay does particularly well as it is uniquely capable in expressing the region’s subtle variations in soil, elevation and micro-climate. Sourced from vineyards with such illustrious names as Dutton Ranch, Martinelli, and Rochioli, Ramey’s 2015 Russian River Valley Chardonnay is silky smooth, creamy and rich. As an appellation series wine, David Ramey might say this Chardonnay is less concentrated and needs less time to open than the single vineyard wines, but it is made with the same attention to detail. Native yeast fermentation, malolactic fermentation in barrel, and bottling without filtration helped produce this gorgeous expression of the Russian River Valley. 

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¥ 3,700
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2014 Ramey Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

2014 Ramey Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

Like Ramey’s single-vineyard wines, the appellation wines are crafted to express the terroir of unique vineyard sites. The difference? Less new oak and less time in barrel. This crisp but luscious  Chardonnay is sourced 69% from the Martinelli-Charles Ranch and 31% from the Platt Vineyard. Just a few kilometers in from the ocean, the vineyards feature cool climates, low vigor soils and clones that tend to produce small bunches of tiny berries. In these conditions, yields are low, and the grapes develop a range of flavors, minerality and naturally high acidity. 2014 saw another classic vintage of consistently moderate temperatures that promoted even ripening and plenty of hang time. The wine intrigues with intense Chardonnay character - ripe pear, melon and a hint of pineapple - bright flavors, a rich texture, and a touch of oak in the finish.

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¥ 6,500
2015 Ramey Russian River Valley Chardonnay

2015 Ramey Russian River Valley Chardonnay

A cool-climate growing region, the Russian River stands out for producing Burgundian varieties with a decidedly Californian spin. Chardonnay does particularly well as it is uniquely capable in expressing the region’s subtle variations in soil, elevation and micro-climate. Sourced from vineyards with such illustrious names as Dutton Ranch, Martinelli, and Rochioli, Ramey’s 2015 Russian River Valley Chardonnay is silky smooth, creamy and rich. As an appellation series wine, David Ramey might say this Chardonnay is less concentrated and needs less time to open than the single vineyard wines, but it is made with the same attention to detail. Native yeast fermentation, malolactic fermentation in barrel, and bottling without filtration helped produce this gorgeous expression of the Russian River Valley. 

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¥ 6,800
2015 Ramey Sonoma Coast Syrah

2015 Ramey Sonoma Coast Syrah

By sourcing fruit from vineyards in the cool Sonoma Coast, Ramey delivers a true kindred spirit to those bold, distinctive Syrahs of the Northern Rhone. In a cooler climate, Syrah develops flavors that are bright, fresh and elegant. And like a great Hermitage or Cornas, this dark red dazzles with a heady mix of red fruit and earthy, herbal and olive notes. The fruit was sourced from vineyards in Healdsburg, Sonoma Mountain and Petaluma. With distinctive, “poor” soils, carefully-selected clones and up to 8% Viognier, these vineyards were destined to produce awesome Syrah in the stye of the Northern Rhone. Conditions in 2015 led to a smaller crop of small bunches, small berries but highly-concentrated flavors. Co-fermented with 6% Viognier, the wine features an array of aromas, including black plums, violets, black olives, pepper and a floral lift. 

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¥ 6,900
2015 Ramey

2015 Ramey "Claret" Napa Valley

A Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (72%), Merlot (20%) and a smattering of Malbec (4%), Syrah (2%), and Petit Verdot (2%). Ramey’s 2015 Claret is rich, round and well-balanced, a fine wine that will deliver pleasure whether young or cellared. Sourced from a range of vineyard sites up and down the Napa Valley, the wine offers an aromatic melange of fruit, spice and mineral, a luscious mouthfeel and dark fruit flavors that evolve long into the finish. Though dry and early, 2015 was yet one more in a string of excellent Napa Valley vintages. The affordable price makes it easy to open a bottle of this Claret now and see for yourself! This wine will pair well with steak, slow-braised beef or even a chilli con carne.  

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¥ 7,100
2013 Ramey Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Ramey Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

A true expression of the Napa Valley, this wine combines the fruit of  St. Helena, Napa Valley, Oak Knoll, Napa-Carneros, Mt. Veeder, Diamond Mountain, and Oakville - i.e. some of the best hillside and valley floor sites the AVA has to offer – in what might be the very best in a string of superb vintages. Unlike Ramey’s Claret, this wine has enough (80%) Cabernet to be labeled as a varietal wine while remaining true to the Bordelaise tradition of adding Merlot (11%), Malbec (6%) and Petit Verdot (3%) to the blend. It also aged longer and in a higher percentage of new oak barrels.  While the fruit is naturally flavorful and voluptuous, as the wine opens up, it reveals layers of dark fruit, spice and earthy notes. This wine can be enjoyed now or savored over the next ten years. Suggested pairings might include steak au poivre, lamb ragout with roasted peppers, or, for vegetarians, baked eggplant with mushrooms and tomato sauce.

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¥ 10,500
2015 Ramey Rochioli Vineyard Chardonnay

2015 Ramey Rochioli Vineyard Chardonnay

Whoa! Ramey Rochioli Vineyard? While many of Hotei’s California wine aficionados may be doing a double take, we can report that – Yes! – it’s true: in 2015 David Ramey began producing a new vineyard-designated bottling from the famed Rochioli Vineyard. Sourced from blocks within the Rochioli estate as well as a small percentage from the Allen Vineyard, which is farmed by the Rochiolis, this Chardonnay hits it out of the park. Combining Burgundian-inspired winemaking with some of the best Russian River fruit, the wine has great character and concentration: orchard fruits framed against vibrant acidity, with texture, minerality, floral notes and toast developing in the glass and keeping the experience interesting.

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¥ 10,900
2014 Ramey Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay

2014 Ramey Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay

Located along rolling hills in the Russian River Valley, the Ritchie Vineyard is a source of Chardonnay for some of the most acclaimed vintners in Sonoma County. The gnarled Dijon clone vines in the plot allocated to Ramey rarely produce more than a few bunches of grapes each year, yet the fruit is consistently excellent due to the combination of sandy benchland soil, a cool microclimate and attentive farming. According to David Ramey, the Ritchie Chardonnay "walks the fine line between richness and delicacy. It has a great mouthfeel that balances power and elegance.” Regarding the 2014, Robert Parker said, “The palate is full-on seduction with an appealingly oily texture and tons of peaches and cream flavors, finishing long with a lively lift.” Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay is fantastic with oysters, crab or sashimi. 

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¥ 10,900
2014 Ramey Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay

2014 Ramey Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay

Ramey's Carneros Chardonnays are a little rounder and broader than those from Sonoma. The Hyde Vineyard Chardonnays often seem charming and feminine but not at all simple in the way they combine fruit and texture into a stunning package. The complexity of this Chardonnay derives from the vines that range in age from 11 - 30 years old as well as in clonal diversity. The Wente clone in particular produces Chardonnay that is more Burgundian in character in that it lacks the tropical fruit tones of some California Chardonnays. 2014 was another in a string of great Napa vintages. Moderate temperatures throughout the spring, summer and fall gave the fruit plenty of hang time or opportunity to develop complex flavors. This wine seduces with a perfume of apple, peach and toasty notes as well as a full palate of tropical, citrus and toasty flavors. 

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¥ 10,900
2010 Ramey Pedregal Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

2010 Ramey Pedregal Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

In Spanish, a Pedregal is a “rocky place,” and this vineyard, located in the lower hills to the east of Oakville, is one of rocky outcrops and red, iron-rich soils that routinely produce wine with intense flavors and extraordinary texture. Because the site produces such outstanding Cabernet, Ramey Cellars has a long-term lease that gives them complete control of the farming, which they carry out organically and sustainably. The biggest problem with 2010 Pedregal is that there is so little of it. An inopportune spring frost so damaged the young shoots that only 242 cases of this gorgeous wine were produced. The lucky ones will be treated to an experience worth remembering. 

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¥ 30,000
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