2015 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

Publication

Jeb Dunnuck

Author

Jeb Dunnuck

Date

June 2018

Rating

94

Review

The appellation 2015 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley is a head turner and boasts fabulous notes of black cherries, wild strawberries, smoked earth, and forest floor. It’s another classic, medium-bodied, perfectly balanced effort from this estate that doesn’t put a foot wrong. It too will keep for a decade or more.

Publication

Terroir Review

Author

Meg Houston Maker

Date

February 14, 2018

Review

Ramey’s Russian River Pinot assembles clones and vineyard sites into an elegant, savory expression of the grape. The fruit was tank fermented with ambient cultures, and it aged in used oak for 13 months. It was bottled fined but unfiltered. The robe is a saturated, velvety red shot with ruby glints; limpid, not opaque. The fragrance is a distillation of potpourri and herbs, cranberry, rose hips, wintergreen, and dried orange peel. These notes linger distantly, wreathing the red fruits in a faint sigh. On the palate the wine gets down to earth, mingling the spiciness and depth of the Pommard clone, the earthiness of Swan, and the lilting aromatic accents of Dijon 828. Concentrated and savory, if offers more seriousness and tannic grip than many of its peers, stained with dark fruits and charged with a deep vein of stone and black nut. Pair it with roasts and game, particularly duck, smoked pork shoulder, and roast beef; porcini, truffles, and other earthy mushrooms; and long cave-aged cheeses. It’s one of the best matches I’ve yet to discover with Jasper Hill Farms Harbison.

Publication

Wine Enthusiast

Author

Virginie Boone

Date

August 2017

Rating

90

Review

Sourced from Bucher Vineyard on Westside Road and Platt Vineyard in the Sonoma Coast, this wine is light-bodied and fresh on the palate, offering baked raspberry, cardamom, clove and forest flavors.