2012 Ramey, Woolsey Road Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, California

2012 Ramey, Woolsey Road Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, California

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2012 Ramey, Woolsey Road Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, California


The wine is lemon-fresh with the rapier-like acidity of the Russian River Valley. The citrus-dominated fruit profile is complemented by a hint of nutty almond and white peach alongside the merest whiff of elegantly integrated oak. Puligny-like in its intensity, the subtle flavour builds and builds in the mouth to a wonderful crescendo leaving a fine, pure, long mineral finish with a refreshing zing. Still a little tight, this is extremely impressive already but would benefit from further ageing to show its true potential. This is a wonderful addition to David Ramey’s brilliant portfolio, and we are delighted that it is exclusive to Berry Bros. & Rudd in the UK. 

The 2012 Woolsey Road is Ramey’s first release from this wonderful site in the Russian River Valley. The vineyard is owned by the Martinelli Family, who have been growing grapes there since the 1880s, and was planted to Ramey’s specification in 2007. The soil is a sandstone-based ‘Goldbridge’ loam full of old ocean deposits and does not contain much organic matter, hence the vigour of the vine is low, and the fruit quality exceptional.
Catriona Felstead MW, Wine Buyer

David Ramey’s 2012 Woolsey Chardonnay is the first time this vineyard has been seen on a Ramey label – this is exciting wine.
As the vines for Woolsey were sourced from plantings in the highly respected Hyde vineyard one should have lofty expectations here, but in short these were thoroughly exceeded.  Made in a traditional Burgundy fashion this has a cool, refined and elegant nose which shows notes of tense citrus fruit, a tweak of lime zest and even gooseberries. This is multifaceted from the very start. On the palate this shows great complexity, a trace of oak frames the pure and persistent yellow plum, ripe apple characters. There is a distinctive Puligny taste and feel to this wine, orange blossom and fragrant pea weaves through the palate.
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Ramey Wine Cellars

Ramey Wine Cellars

Ramey Wine Cellars was founded in 1996 by David Ramey and his wife Carla, after David had worked for almost two decades at such famous wineries as Matanzas Creek and Dominus. "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.

Located just off the town square in Healdsburg, the winery is perfectly placed to make use of the great Sonoma and Carneros terroir famous for the quality of their Chardonnays. Ramey's philosophy is to make hand-crafted wines made in an Old World tradition, coupled with New World innovation.

The complex single vineyard Chardonnays, Hudson and Hyde, are made in exactly the same manner, so as to accentuate the difference in the terroir between the two Carneros vineyards. The Russian River Chardonnay is a fresher wine from the cooler Sonoma site, where the grapes ripen 3 weeks later than Carneros.

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Russian River Valley

Russian River Valley

This low-lying valley Sonoma County in and its 10,000 acres of vineyards was virtually unknown before 1983, when it was granted official appellation status (Russian River Valley AVA). 

It has since established a formidable reputation as a prime spot for challenging varieties like Pinot Noir (29% of the acreage in 2007), which thrives in this cool-climate region. Chardonnay (42% of the acreage in 2007) has also blossomed here, showing a signature lean and restrained profile.

The Russian River Valley climate is influenced by cooling fogs, drawn inland from the Pacific. This natural air-conditioning allows the grapes to develop full flavor maturity over an extended growing season, while retaining their life-giving natural acidity.

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Chardonnay is the "Big Daddy" of white wine grapes and one of the most widely planted in the world. It is suited to a wide variety of soils, though it excels in soils with a high limestone content as found in Champagne, Chablis, and the Côte D`Or.

Burgundy is Chardonnay's spiritual home and the best White Burgundies are dry, rich, honeyed wines with marvellous poise, elegance and balance. They are unquestionably the finest dry white wines in the world. Chardonnay plays a crucial role in the Champagne blend, providing structure and finesse, and is the sole grape in Blanc de Blancs.

It is quantitatively important in California and Australia, is widely planted in Chile and South Africa, and is the second most widely planted grape in New Zealand. In warm climates Chardonnay has a tendency to develop very high sugar levels during the final stages of ripening and this can occur at the expense of acidity. Late picking is a common problem and can result in blowsy and flabby wines that lack structure and definition.

Recently in the New World, we have seen a move towards more elegant, better- balanced and less oak-driven Chardonnays, and this is to be welcomed.

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