2018 Ramey Russian River Valley Chardonnay

2018 Ramey Russian River Valley Chardonnay

¥7,480 (incl. tax)

A California spin on the Burgundian model, Ramey’s Russian River Chardonnay is a generous wine, integrating creamy citrus, subtle oak and sprightly texture into precise balance. While the cool climate and diverse soils of the Russian River terroir are key factors in the success of this wine, don't underestimate the role played by native yeast fermentation, malolactic fermentation in barrel, and sur lies bâtonnage (stirring). In 2018, the wine is a true expression of the Russian River Valley, with about 60% sourced from Westside Farms and Rochioli Allen vineyard, just southwest of sunny Healdsburg, with the rest coming from Dutton Ranch and Kilcullen vineyards around distinctly cooler Sebastopol. The Wine Advocate gave the 2018 91 points, calling it “youthfully shy, hinting at stone, apricot and white blossoms. In the mouth, it's medium-bodied, uber silky and minerally with great freshness and a long finish.”

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 RM18RRC
UPC 185983000053
MLF 100

Owning & Enjoying


Tasting notes

91 points – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. 

Green melon, lemon curd, and white flowers emerge from the glass before refreshing and mineral-driven notes of apricots and wet stones intensify on the mid-palate. Zesty lemon and chalky notes linger in the finish.

Production


Vinification

Whole cluster pressed and barrel-fermented on native yeasts in French oak. Aged 12 months in 15% new French oak.

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