2014 Ramey 'Ritchie Vineyard' Chardonnay Russian River Valley

$64.95
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Ritchie Vineyard is the gold standard in Russian River for a reason, producing wine that is focused and precise. The Wine Advocate loved its “suggestions of lemon curd, white peaches and white grapefruit with underlying notes of honeyed toast and butterscotch. The palate is full-on seduction with an appealingly oily texture and tons of peaches and cream flavors, finishing long with a lively lift.” Put this away for 5-8 years and be totally entranced!

David Ramey is one of the true aces of winemaking in California. While he had an established track record at Matanzas Creek, Chalk Hill and Dominus, we first got to know him well during his stint at Oakville’s Rudd Estate, where he helped take the project into the stratosphere with his work in the vineyard and cellar. In 1996, he and his wife Carla launched Ramey Wine Cellars, which has since become phenomenally successful on the strength of David’s rare winemaking skill. Ramey is a classicist and a Burgundian at heart; his wines are pure, frank, and unmanipulated. The Chardonnays go straight from the press to the barrel, and undergo malolactic fermentation and lees-stirring in barrel. The quality here is first-rate, and will appeal to lovers of great French wines.

Varietal:
Chardonnay
Winemaker:
David Ramey
Vintage:
2014
Aging:
18 months
Oak Treatment:
French Oak; 30% new
Appellation:
Sonoma
Sub-Appellation:
Russian River Valley
Vineyard:
Ritchie
Total Varietal Composition %:
100% Chardonnay
Alcohol %:
14.0%
SKU #:
1WRAM14CH3RITCHIE
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Wine Advocate

The 2014 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard offers suggestions of lemon curd, white peaches and white grapefruit with underlying notes of honeyed toast and butterscotch. The palate is full-on seduction with an appealingly oily texture and tons of peaches and cream flavors, finishing long with a lively lift.

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The 2014 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard is the most exuberant and layered of David Ramey's Chardonnays. It is also stylistically the wine that is closest in style to past. Rich, sumptuous and layered, the Ritchie expresses intensity in all of its dimensions. Even with all of its richness, the 2014 confers aromatic intensity and freshness. This, too, is very nicely done.