2019 Ramey Chardonnay Russian River Valley USA
This Chardonnay shows great depth of flavor, length of finish, aromatic complexity, and a fine balance between richness and delicacy. The wine originates from cool sites in the Russian River Valley, with low vigor soil such as Goldridge Loam, planted between 1978 and 2006. The vineyards are mostly planted to UC Davis Clone 4, known for its prominent acidity and large clusters, with lesser percentages of Wente and aromatic clones like Rued. Heat in early September 2019 gave everything a little push before a significant cooling trend slowed the pace of harvest.
Rated 95 Points Wine Enthusiast
This crisp, complex wine delivers elegant layers of tangerine and lemon. It builds focus and texture on the palate as it opens, with subtle hints of oak spice and crushed rock contributing to the delicious profile. Vineyard sites include the producer’s estate Westside Farms, as well as Rochioli Allen. Editors’ Choice.
Rated 92 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2019 Chardonnay Russian River Valley has gregarious scents of baked apples and apricot with wafts of baking spice and roasted almonds. The medium-bodied palate offers expansive fruits and refreshing acidity, finishing long and energetic.
Rated 91 Points Wine Spectator
Well-spiced baked apple and ripe pear flavors show lots of custardy notes in this white, which ends with firm acidity on the finish, with wet stone accents and savory nuances. Drink now through 2024.