2018 Ramey Rochioli Vineyard Chardonnay

2018 Ramey Rochioli Vineyard Chardonnay

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The Rochioli vineyard is located in the Middle Reach section of the Russian River Valley just southwest of Healdsburg. With the river nearby, the vineyard benefits from foggy mornings and sunny afternoons throughout the summer, producing rich but focused Chardonnay of world class caliber. The 2017 Ramey Rochioli Chardonnay was the highest-rated Chardonnay on the Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 list in 2020. The Rochioli family still lives on the estate, and the vineyard blocks farmed by David Ramey were planted between 15 and 25 years ago to a variety of clones. Excellent fruit treated to David Ramey’s Burgundian-inspired winemaking produces a wine of 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.

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 2018
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 RM18ROC
UPC 185983000336
MLF 100

Owning & Enjoying


Tasting notes

99 points – Wine Enthusiast (2017 vintage); 93 points – Wine Advocate (2017 vintage). 

Aromas of white flowers, tart citrus and apple are set off by toasty notes of nuts and spice. The creamy yet energetic palate offers citrus and savory notes, leading to a long finish of lemon zest and orange blossom.

Production


Vinification

The fruit was whole-cluster pressed and transferred to French oak barrels (20% new) for primary and malolactic fermentation and 20 months of aging. The wine was bottled after light fining but without filtration. 

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