Ramey 'Russian River Valley' Chardonnay 2015
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Item Number: 30326
Wine Enthusiast 94
"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."
Jeb Dunnuck 92
"The 2015 Chardonnay Russian River Valley is slightly more tropical in style, with tart pineapple, buttered citrus, and floral notes. It’s rich, more full-bodied, and textured, yet still has terrific acidity and freshness."
Wine Advocate 90
"The 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."
Vinous Media 90
"The 2015 Chardonnay (Russian River Valley) offers lovely textural depth and resonance in a forward style that is ideal for drinking over the next few years. Dried flowers, mint, dried pear, almond and chamomile flesh out in this supple, easygoing Chardonnay from David Ramey. - Antonio Galloni"
January and February 2015 were the warmest on record, resulting in early budbreak. Cooler, wetter weather in spring months slowed development, however, leading to a challenging, extended bloom period. The resulting uneven fruit set translated to a small crop and smaller berries with very concentrated flavors. The unusually early budbreak resulted in an unusually early harvest.
We press whole clusters for phenolic delicacy. Native-yeast and full native malolactic fermentation take place in barrel, with sur lies bâtonnage. After aging 12 months in 21% new French oak barrels (François Frères, Taransaud, & Vicard), the Chardonnay was traditionally fined for clarity during the following harvest and bottled without filtration in February, 2017.
Coming from special vineyard sites, our Chardonnays show great depth of flavor, length of finish, aromatic complexity, and a fine balance between richness and delicacy. Typically, the climate is cool and the soil vigor low, producing graceful yet vibrant wines.
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