2018 Ramey Fort Ross-Seaview | Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

2018 Ramey Fort Ross-Seaview | Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

¥7,480 (incl. tax)

The Fort Ross - Seaview sub-appellation epitomizes the classic Sonoma Coast AVA: vineyards planted on along windswept ridges that practically overlook the Pacific Ocean. Because of the climate, the vineyards often bathe in sunshine while fog swirls below. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir produced here have acidity, lightness of touch, and bright flavors we associate with fine Burgundy. Even so, this rugged and remote area had never been planted to grapevines until recently. This is the third vintage to come exclusively from the Martinelli Charles Ranch vineyard. I used to be a sheep and bison ranch; now it features Chardonnay vines that struggle in the windy climate and low-vigor soils but manage to produce fruit with intense character. David Ramey ferments the grapes in barrel on natural yeasts and ages the wine in mainly neutral French oak casks. The 2018 features a seamless integration of full body, silky structure, stony minerality and lively citrus and floral notes.

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) Sonoma Coast
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 30.0
Alcohol 14.5%
Product Code RM18SC
UPC 185983000077
MLF 100

Owning & Enjoying


Tasting notes

96 points – Wine Enthusiast; 93 points – Wine Spectator; 93 points – Jeb Dunnuck. 

Crisp citrus, green apple and pear with hints of anise and wet stone lead to a rich, medium-bodied palate with lovely texture, acidity and a silky smooth finish.

Production


Vinification

The grapes were whole cluster pressed and fermented in barrel on native yeasts. The wine aged 12 months in 15% new French oak.

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