Wine Enthusiast, 2015 Winemaker of the Year - David Ramey, Ramey Wine Cellars
"Ramey spent his early career creating benchmark wines for California’s Matanzas Creek, Chalk Hill, Dominus Estate and Rudd Estate. At the estate he founded in 1996, Ramey Wine Cellars in Healdsburg, he has long championed traditional, artisanal winemaking techniques in his single-vineyard Chardonnays and Cabernets."
WE 93 WA 91 AG 90 IWC 90 Pts - According to Wine Enthusiast - "Decadent aromas of golden pear and Tahitian vanilla rise to the top of this incredibly well-crafted wine, a blend of multiple vineyard sources, most of them single-vineyard designated in other wines. Steely minerality buoys the overall experience, with a touch of vanilla custard. The wine is rich on the aroma yet balanced in taste, with a finishing accent of orange"
According to Robert Parker - "The 2012 Chardonnay Russian River (nearly 14,000 cases produced) reveals leesy notes in addition to wet pebbles, white peach, delicate pineapple and caramelized citrus. Medium to full-bodied and pure, it is best consumed over the next 2-3 years."
According to International Wine Cellar - "Supple and broad on the palate, offering concentrated pit and orchard fruit flavors and a jolt of smoky minerals."
According to Antonio Galloni - "The 2012 Chardonnay (Russian River Valley) is rich, powerful and explosive in the glass. Matchstick, apricot, peach and smoke blossom in the glass in a beautifully layered, expressive Chardonnay to drink over the next decade or so. This is a fairly dense, powerful Chardonnay, but all the elements are in the right place."
91pts, California Grapevine - According to the California Grapevine - "Medium-light golden yellow; attractive, forward, deep, toasty, baked apple aroma with light hints of brioche and butterscotch; medium to medium-full body; crisp, white peach and apple flavors with bright acidity, good depth and structure, and a pleasing mouthfeel; lingering aftertaste. Very highly recommended." 14.5% ABV.