Ramey Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2015
David Ramey started his career in wine with an enology degree and a dream. Over the course of two decades, he made benchmark wines for California wineries such as Matanzas Creek, Chalk Hill, Dominus and Rudd. In 1996, David Ramey and his wife Carla founded Ramey Wine Cellars. "Owning one's own winery is the dream of every winemaker," David says, looking back on the path that led him to build his own. It took time, planning and a profound understanding of how best to bring together all the elements-from the grapes, to the winery materials, and a top-notch team of professionals-to make it all work.
This Chardonnay is made from fruit from several parts of the Russian River Valley : 38% from four different Dutton ranches (Perry, Mengle, Sebastopol & Mill Station); 17% from Martinelli’s Laughlin Road Vineyard; 13% from King Vineyard; 13% from four Rochioli vineyards (Allen, Mid-40, River, Hill); 10% from Forchini Vineyard; 5% from Westside Farms; and 4% Frostwatch. Goldridge loam and gravelly soils give a crisper mouthfeel to Russian River Chardonnays compared with their Carneros counterparts.
|Appellation||Russian River Valley|
Wine EnthusiastEditors' Choice. This is one heck of a deal for a wine of this quality and substance. Sourced from four ranches farmed by the Dutton family, as well as the producer's estate and two Rochioli sites, it shows the beauty of blending from such incredible places-a study in exotic lemony quince and soft supple structure. The lasting finish is textured and complex.
Wine AdvocateThe 2015 Chardonnay Russian River Valley has seductive scents of pink grapefruit, underripe pineapple, fresh lemons and baking bread with touches of honeysuckle and orange peel. Medium to full-bodied, the palate reveals bags of citrus fruit layers with a lively line and great length.