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 96 Vinous 94 WA 93 IWC (92-93) Pts - According to Wine Enthusiast - "This wine comes from a new vineyard source for the producer, who continues to astound with Chardonnay. The site rises to well-crafted heights in the winemaker’s hands. Made in a small quantity, the wine offers zesty lemon intensity and concentrated acidity, the entire balanced experience rewarding in its bright complexity. "
According to Antonio Galloni - "A wine of real phenolic depth and density, the 2012 Chardonnay Woolsey Road Vineyard is all about texture, but here the impression is more of verticality. Creamy and voluptuous to the core, the Woolsey boasts superb overall balance and tons of complexity. Hints of apple, pear and spice blossom in a Chardonnay that captures the essence of Russian River Chardonnay. The Woolsey Road, from a three acre parcel farmed by the Martinelli family is an addition to David Ramey's range. The 2012 is a real standout in this range."
According to Robert Parker - "A small cuvée of 300 cases, the 2012 Chardonnay Woolsey Road Vineyard is fashioned from an Old Wente clone of Chardonnay. From classic, loamy, sandy Goldridge soils, it offers up beautiful aromas of pears, honeysuckle crème brûlée and peaches. With crisp acidity, an elegant, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, impressive purity and length, this gorgeous Chardonnay should drink well for 5-7 years."
According to Stephen Tanzer - "Hazy yellow-gold. Smoke-accented pear and white peach on the nose, with notes of tarragon and iodine adding complexity. Densely packed orchard and citrus fruit flavors are braced by a strong mineral quality and become spicier with air. Shows excellent clarity and power on the mineral-dominated finish, which is gripping, pure and strikingly long. Note that this wine had not been bottled when I tasted it in March."
According to Wine Spectator - "Clean, pure, citrus-driven green apple, lemon blossom and pithy citrus peel flavors give this a zesty personality. Drink now through 2019." 14.5% ABV.
- Additional Information
Varietal/Type Chardonnay gtin 185983000213 Brand Ramey Wine Cellars Size 750 ML Standard Rating 96 Points, 94 Points, 93 Points
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