2017 Ramey Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

2017 Ramey Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

¥9,570 (incl. tax)

David Ramey’s Pinot Noir balances the aromatic perfume and acidity of a cool climate style with the rich, unctuous body of a warmer terroir. The wine was sourced from three vineyards – De La Montanya, Bucher, and Nurmi – located along the Westside Road, a bucolic country lane of vineyards and dairy farms as well as “A-List” producers of Pinot Noir. While it’s a bit warmer here than in the hills closer to the ocean, foggy mornings are routine and keep the grapes from getting too ripe too quickly. 2017 began with a wet winter, followed by a moderate summer until a heat spike in September set off the harvest with a scramble. Temperatures did come down again, and the fruit was in before some devastating fires at the end of the season. At harvest, 25% of the fruit was processed as whole clusters, which adds savory spice to the nose and structure to the palate. Winemaking is kept simple with native yeast fermentation in tank, lees aging in barrel, and bottling with light fining and no filtration. Jeb Dunnuck said, “This Burgundy lover’s Pinot Noir shines for its complexity and elegance more than power and richness.”

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 Red
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
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 RM17RRP
UPC 185983000282

Owning & Enjoying


Tasting notes

94 points – Wine Advocate; 92 points – Jeb Dunnuck; 91 points – Wine Enthusiast; 90 points – Wine Spectator.

Aromas of mulled strawberry and cherry, with notes of orange peel, dried herbs and leather lead to a refreshing, medium-bodied palate of red and black fruits that linger on with notes of cola and smoke. Acidity and silky tannins provide a sleek texture. 

Production


Vinification

Handpicked grapes were fermented on native yeasts with 25% whole clusters. The wine was aged sur lies with monthly bâtonnage and spent 14 months in 40% new French oak. 

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