2017 Ramey, Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, California, USA

2017 Ramey, Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, California, USA

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2017 Ramey, Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, California, USA

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The 2017 Russian River Chardonnay is a stunning introduction to Ramey’s rich style. Soft white peach flesh with a hint of grapefruit are the first flavours to emerge. Pastry, brioche along with a savoury, smoky note all play starring roles but the whiff of gunflint on the nose is the real winner. After a few hours, butter could be detected, which adds flavour but also a full texture, which I would expect from Ramey. Less about tropical, more about stone fruit this is lively on the palette with a juicy quality that’s hard to beat. Drink 2021-2030.
Tatiana Humphreys, Private Account Manager (September 2020)
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About this WINE

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

Chardonnay

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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Reviews

Customer reviews

Wine Advocate92/100
jancisrobinson.com17+/20
Jeb Dunnuck93/100

Critic reviews

Wine Advocate92/100
The 2017 Chardonnay Russian River Valley has a lush perfume of quince paste, honeycomb, candle smoke and hay. The palate is medium to full-bodied, rounded and savory with great freshness to lift the long, nutty finish. 8,289 cases produced. Drink 2020-2025.’’
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jancisrobinson.com17+/20
Full and flamboyant on the nose but with admirable leanness and finesse on the palate. Very tight and focused. Super-appetising. One of the driest wines I have tasted so far in this big California tasting in London, with a little good astringency on the end. Long. With good juiciness. I’d like to taste this blind alongside a similarly priced white burgundy.
Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (May 2020) Read more
Jeb Dunnuck93/100
Golden fruits, caramelized pineapple, spice, and some salty mineral notes all emerge from the 2017 Chardonnay Russian River Valley, one of the more upfront, approachable, fruit-driven wines in the lineup. Nevertheless, it has the purity of fruit, balance, and length that's shared by all of these Chardonnay from Ramey. It's a great introduction into the wines of this estate and ideal for drinking while you give the single vineyard releases bottle age.
Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com (May 2020) Read more