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 97 Vinous 94+ WA 93 WS 92 CG 92 Pts - According to Wine Enthusiast - Editor's Choice! - "This wine is deliciously elegant yet decadently rich in all the right ways, from a prime, longtime vineyard source planted to vines over 40 years old. Honeyed apple comes to the fore amid lush, formidable layers of complexity and high-minded pursuit, never getting bogged down, the minerality perfectly pitched and the oak fully integrated."
According to Antonio Galloni - "The 2012 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard is the most opulent and also the most nuanced of these wines. Almonds, matchstick, hazelnuts, tangerine peel, savory herbs and mint are all super-expressive in the glass. Hints of tropical fruit develop in the glass, adding to the wine's sense of exoticism as the flavors build to a finish imbued with a Chassagne-like oiliness and sense of viscosity."
According to Robert Parker - "The 2012 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard (1,350 cases) exhibits more honeysuckle and green apple skin characteristics in a rich, exuberant, crisp, mineral style with a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, a lovely texture and a long finish. Drink now-2018."
According to Wine Spectator - "A rich, creamy texture frames the ripe fig, melon, hazelnut and sandalwood flavors, all set in an elegant, delicate framework, sailing along on the finish. Drink now through 2020."
According to Connoisseurs Guide - "Although coming across as the tightest and least outgoing of the Ramey Chardonnay clan, this slightly wiry youngster conveys a fine sense of fruity depth and the certain promise to unfold with age. It is presently fixed on citrus and stones with a core smattering of sweeter fruit that is looking to more fully emerge, and, while its ample acidity affords a great deal of brightness and verve, it presently pushes the wine toward narrowing back-palate stiffness. Much like its companion from the Platt Vineyard, it very much wants a fair bit of time in which to evolve, and the smart money says to stash it away and out of reach in the cellar for at least two to four years."
93pts, California Grapevine - "Medium-light golden yellow color; attractive, intense, baked apple aroma with hints of hazelnut, brioche, and vanilla bean; medium-full body; rich, slightly creamy, apple and ripe peach flavors that are balanced with bright acidity. Lingering aftertaste. Very highly recommended." 14.5% ABV.