2019 RAMEY Chardonnay Fort Ross-Seaview | Sonoma Coast

RAMEY Chardonnay Fort Ross-Seaview | Sonoma Coast

¥8,800 (incl. tax)

Located near the far north-western edge of Sonoma County, the tiny Fort Ross - Seaview AVA was established in 2012 in order to acknowledge the unique terroir of vineyards planted but a stone’s throw from the Pacific Ocean. Cooler temperatures and heavier rainfall as well as thick fogs meant that wine growers did not begin planting here before the 1980s. Even now, acreage in the AVA totals less than 600 acres. However, the wines produced from vineyards planted on ridges at elevations from 300 - 900 meters have acidity, lightness of touch, and bright flavors we associate with fine Burgundy. Sourced from the high-elevation Martinelli Charles Ranch vineyard, this Chardonnay shows great depth of flavor, length of finish, aromatic complexity, and a fine balance between richness and delicacy. David Ramey ferments the grapes in barrel on natural yeasts and ages the wine in mainly neutral French oak casks. Jeb Dunnuck described the wine as “vibrant with saline, oceanic minerality, lemon pith, and tarragon. The palate is curvy but focused, with green apple, Meyer lemon, delicate oak spice, and mouthwatering acidity.”


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 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 30.0
Alcohol 14.5%
Product Code RM19SC
UPC 185983000077
MLF 100

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Tasting notes

94 points – Wine Enthusiast; 93 points – James Suckling; Wine Spectator; 93 points – Jeb Dunnuck. 

Aromas of crisp citrus and lemon curd with notes of wet stones, oyster shells, and sage lead to a palate that is vibrant and focused, full-bodied and lush. The wine finishes with mouthwatering acidity, minerals, and a touch of herbs and salinity.



The grapes were whole-cluster pressed and fermented in barrel on native yeasts. The wine aged 12 months in 15% new French oak. The wine was traditionally fined but not filtered before bottling.

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