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."
Vinous 91 WE 91 WA 90 IWC 90 WS 89 Pts - According to Antonio Galloni - "Lemon peel, white flowers and mint are some of the notes that take shape in the 2012 Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast). Softened a bit by the generosity of the year, the 2012 is unusually open and expressive today. Drink this supple, textured Chardonnay over the next handful of years."
According to Wine Enthusiast - "From a quartet of cool, coastal vineyard sites, including Platt, a single-vineyard designate for the producer, this is a crisp expression of honeycomb and green apple that bristles in acidity and nuanced oak. Fresh and alive, it has plenty of celebratory fruit flavor while remaining savory and elegant."
According to Robert Parker - "There are 8,000 cases of the 2012 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast, which reveals a greenish hue to its light medium straw color as well as an elegant perfume of caramelized citrus, brioche, lemon custard, orange rind and green apple skins. Medium-bodied with excellent texture, freshness and purity with the oak pushed to the background, it should drink well for 3-4 years."
According to International Wine Cellar - "Fleshy but dry on the palate, offering intense poached pear and lemon curd flavors that spread out nicely on the back half."
According to Wine Spectator - "Offers the aromas of baked apple pie, right down to the spiciness. Intense and vibrant, with a fresh, snappy edge to the green apple and melon flavors. Ends with a pithy grape texture. Drink now through 2019."
90pts, California Grapevine - According to the California Grapevine - "Slightly dull, mediumlight golden yellow; restrained, pear and apple aroma with spicy notes; medium to medium-full body; fleshy, lemony, green apple flavors with a light creaminess in the mouthfeel, and some oak in the background; lingering aftertaste. Developed with airing in the glass to show good depth and varietal character; Very highly recommended." 14.5% ABV.