2019 Ramey Russian River Valley Chardonnay

2019 Ramey Russian River Valley Chardonnay

¥8,140 (incl. tax)

Ramey’s Russian River Chardonnay is a generous wine that’s intense and rich yet delicate. Layers of juicy citrus, apple, pear, and hints of oak and wet gravel are highlighted in a texture that’s subtly creamy, fresh, and firm. In 2019, vineyards included the winery’s Westside Farms estate as well as Rochioli Allen - all cooler sites. While the season started off with some hot days, most of the summer was on the cool side, slowing the pace of the harvest. As an appellation series wine, Ramey would say this Chardonnay is less concentrated and needs less time to open than the single-vineyard wines, but it is made with the same attention to detail. Native yeast fermentation in barrel, sur lie aging with regular bâtonnage (stirring), full malolactic fermentation, and bottling without filtration are some of the methods Ramey uses to make this Burgundian-inspired California Chardonnay.

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 14.5%
Product Code RM19RRC
UPC 185983000053
MLF 100

Owning & Enjoying


Tasting notes

95 points – Wine Enthusiast; 91 points – Wine Spectator. 

Tangerine, baked apple and pear aromas emerge before flavors of lemon curd, apricot and hints of spice and wet stones intensify into a firm 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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