The Fort Ross – Seaview vineyard was planted in 1982, and this will be the ninth vintage made up mostly by the Martinelli Charles Ranch fruit. It has been in the Martinelli family since the 1800's. The vineyard is roughly two ridges from the ocean and nearly doubles the amount of rain that is received in the Russian River Valley. The vines are planted upon a bed of Goldridge sandstone, and Josephine shale. After harvest the grapes are whole-cluster pressed, then undergo full native malolactic fermentation in barrel with sur lies bâtonnage. After aging 12 months in 12% new French oak barrels (François Frères and Taransaud Beaune), the Chardonnay was traditionally fined and bottled without filtration.
Aromatically the wine smells of warm buttered popcorn, melon, lemon, and white stones. On the palate, the wine is filled with ripe stone fruits, roasted almonds, and a lively wealth of acidity.
“Coming from a special vineyard site, our Sonoma Coast Chardonnays show great depth of flavor, length of finish, aromatic complexity, and a fine balance between richness and delicacy. This vineyard has typically cool climates, low vigor soil, and a vine selection that generate small berries, small clusters and inherently low yields.” – David Ramey
Charles Ranch Vineyard
Charles Ranch soil is Goldridge and Josephine (old clay soils, more clay); Goldridge comes from sandstone and Josephine is from shale. The soils are thin and well drained. Charles Ranch receives two times as much rain as vineyards in the Russian River Valley.This property has been in the Martinelli family since the 1800's. They homesteaded 640 acres, and from 1970-1981, it was a bison field with 6-8 bison roaming around the property. The family used a horse to move stakes to the field in small bundles, and in 1982, the vineyard was planted by George Hastings Charles (Lee Jr's maternal grandfather "PaPa"). Lee Jr. has managed the ranch since 1989. The vineyard is two ridges in from the ocean and it's remote location presents unique challenges. There are wild pigs that lift the fence allowing deer to enter the vineyard. The deer eat the shoots and can cause quite a lot of damanage to the vines, and occasionally, coyotes chew on the irrigation lines.
|PRODUCER||Ramey Wine Cellars|
|SUB-APPELLATION||Fort Ross - Seaview|