2017 Ramey Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay

2017 Ramey Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay

¥11,990 (incl. tax)

Considered by many to be one of the Russian River Valley’s Grand Cru sites, the Ritchie Vineyard is in high demand by the best of the region’s wineries. The plot allocated to Ramey was planted to Wente selection in 1972. The gnarled vines produce but 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. In 2017 a wet winter rolled into a mild summer until a heatwave in early September. Fortunately, moderate temperatures followed and grapes could be harvested at optimum levels of ripeness. Ramey Cellars could harvest fruit with great to exceptional quality with well-preserved acids. According to Jeb Dunnuck, the 2017 Ritchie “has remarkable purity and elegance to go with ample richness (which is the hallmark of this site) as well as notes of ripe lemon and citrus fruits, lots of spice and crushed rock-like minerality, medium to full-bodied richness, and a great finish. It's up with the top Chardonnay in the vintage but needs 2-3 years of bottle age.” Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay will pair well with fresh crab or chicken with a mushroom sauce.

Winery


Winery Description

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.”

About this Wine


Country USA
Region California
Appellation(s) Russian River Valley (Sonoma)
Winery Ramey
Vintage 2017
Color White
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 8.0 x 30.0
Case Size 34.5 x 26.0 x 30.5
Alcohol 14.5%
Product Code RM17RIT
UPC 185983000084
MLF 100

Owning & Enjoying


Tasting notes

95 points – Jeb Dunnock; 94 points – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate; 93 points – Wine Spectator.

Lemon citrus, white blossoms, and vivid spicy notes on the nose lead to a medium-to-full-bodied, silky rush of ripe stone fruit, dried apricot and lemony and nutty notes. The flavors are balanced by bright acidity and a crisp, mineral finish.

Production


Vinification

The grapes were pressed as whole clusters and transferred to barrels for native primary and malolactic fermentation. 20 months' aging in French oak barrels (20% new).

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