2015 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

Publication

Jeb Dunnuck

Author

Jeb Dunnuck

Date

June 2018

Rating

92

Review

The 2015 Chardonnay Russian River Valley is slightly more tropical in style, with tart pineapple, buttered citrus, and floral notes. It’s rich, more full-bodied, and textured, yet still has terrific acidity and freshness.

Publication

Bigger Than Your Head

Author

Fredric Koeppel

Date

June 2018

Rating

Excellent

Review

David Ramey employed native yeasts to ferment the Ramey Wine Cellars Chardonnay 2015, Russian River Valley. The wine aged 12 months in French oak, 21 percent new barrels, and went through full malolactic. Though made in a bold, upfront fashion, this chardonnay is intriguing complex and thoughtfully rendered. The color is bright, medium gold; classic notes of pineapple and grapefruit are permeated by hints of cloves and quince and lightly buttered cinnamon toast; a few minutes in the glass bring in a touch of nutmeg, with its slightly astringent woodsy quality. A fairly dense and luscious texture is cut by chiming acidity and a just sufficient limestone element, all centered on ripe citrus and stone-fruit flavors; the finish brings in a bit of grapefruit pith. 14.5 percent alcohol. Now through 2021 to ’23. Excellent. About $42.

Publication

Wine Enthusiast

Author

Virginie Boone

Date

July 2018

Rating

94 | Editors' Choice

Review

This is one heck of a deal for a wine of this quality and substance. Sourced from four ranches farmed by the Dutton family, as well as the producer's estate and two Rochioli sites, it shows the beauty of blending from such incredible places—a study in exotic lemony quince and soft supple structure. The lasting finish is textured and complex.

Publication

Vinous

Author

Antonio Galloni

Date

April 2018

Rating

90

Review

The 2015 Chardonnay (Russian River Valley) offers lovely textural depth and resonance in a forward style that is ideal for drinking over the next few years. Dried flowers, mint, dried pear, almond and chamomile flesh out in this supple, easygoing Chardonnay from David Ramey.