Ramey Wine Cellars, 2014 Ramey Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard

"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."
–Mar-17, Antonio Galloni
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Ramey Wine Cellars, 2014 Ramey Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard

"Youthfully mute at this primary stage, 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."
–February 2017, Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Ramey Wine Cellars, 2014 Ramey Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard

"Pale, bright yellow. Aromas of lemon zest, wild herbs and minerals. Dense, thick and savory, showing an exotic orange blossom note and a building floral element from the small percentage of Chardonnay Musqué vines but still quite youthfully tight, with a dominant flavor of crushed rock. This baby, from what David Ramey describes as "a big crop, but nice," needs time."
–Jul-17, Stephen Tanzer
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2014 Ramey Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard
Ramey Wine Cellars

VARIETAL: 100% Chardonnay

VINEYARD: This block of Kent Ritchie’s vineyard was planted in 1972 on benchland soil is gravelly, sandy Goldridge Loam, originating from the bed of an ancient inland sea. In the Russian River Valley.

FERMENTATION: Whole cluster press, Native-yeast and full native malolactic fermentation take place in barrel, with sur lies bâtonnage.

AGING: Aged 19 months in 30% new François Frères French oak barrels, fined and settled in tank. It is then bottled without filtration.

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