A gorgeous minerality drives this Chardonnay from first swirl to final swig, accompanied by hints of green melon, lemon pith, white flowers and wet grass. Growing out of the shyness of youth, more stone and apricot notes are showing up on the long finish of this medium-bodied, silky Chard.
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.
An incredible showcase for the appellation, this combines grapes from the producer’s estate Westside Farms with Dutton, Woolsey Road and Rochioli Allen, among others. Together it is broadly floral, earthy and richly integrated, with depth and complexity, the acidity vibrantly fresh.
The 2018 Chardonnay Russian River Valley is youthfully shy, hinting at stone, apricot and white blossoms. In the mouth, it's medium-bodied, uber silky and minerally with great freshness and a long finish.