2019 Ramey Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay

2019 Ramey Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay

¥15,180 (incl. tax)

Located on the Eastside Road in Forestville – northwest of Santa Rosa – the Ritchie Vineyard has been called a Californian Grand Cru. Planted in 1972, the gnarled vines produce just a few clusters of highly concentrated fruit in a cool microclimate that ensures good acidity. Most of the vines are of the Old Wente clone, which provides structure and acidity, but a small portion of Musqué adds an aromatic floral lift. Ramey’s Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay is outstanding, a multidimensional wine that combines intense fruit with the mineral elegance of a white Burgundy. The Wine Spectator described the 2019 as a “stunning white wine, with plenty of power and balance to the mix of details, including lemon curd, Fuji apple, mandarin orange and a hint of ripe Crenshaw melon. Offers accents of white tea, fresh clipped herbs and creamy salted butter that are seamlessly integrated with firm acidity.” 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 2019
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 13.5%
Product Code RM19RIT
UPC 185983000084
MLF 100

Owning & Enjoying


Tasting notes

95 points – Wine Spectator.

An intense nose of fuji apple, pear, and tangerine is accented with fresh herbs and chalky notes. The palate is complex, framing melon and orchard fruits in bright acidity, leading to 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 (25% new).

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