2015 Chardonnay, Woolsey Road Vineyard, Russian River Valley

Publication

Jeb Dunnuck

Author

Jeb Dunnuck

Date

June 2018

Rating

94

Review

From a site just south of River Road, behind Martinelli on a north facing slope, the 2015 Chardonnay Woolsey Road Vineyard is another rich, intense, full-bodied Chardonnay offering loads of tangerine oil, spice, and honeysuckle. It has bright acidity and a clean vibe, but packs beautiful fruit.

Publication

Decanter

Author

Elin McCoy

Date

May 2018

Rating

96

Review

This cool-sited single vineyard, owned by the Martinelli family, was planted to Ramey’s specifications in 2007 using the famous old-fashioned Wente clone. Though the vineyard lies in the Russian River appellation, this wine is more Sonoma Coast in style, with wonderful lemony aromas and very bright, intense citrussy flavours. There's plenty of vibrancy and zing, and silky rather than creamy textures. Nineteen months' ageing in 20% new French oak barrels gives it depth and balance.

Publication

Wine Enthusiast

Author

Virginie Boone

Date

July 2018

Rating

96

Review

This is a Martinelli family-farmed site, a mark of excellence and history that's hard to beat. Floral and textured, it is marked by bright focused acidity around a core of textured baked-apple flavor and hazelnut crème brûlée. It tastes complete and complex, with undeniable richness and concentration.

Publication

Vinous

Author

Antonio Galloni

Date

April 2018

Rating

93+

Review

The 2015 Chardonnay Woolsey Road Vineyard is another highlight in this range. Rich, textured and ample on the palate, the Woolsey Road is striking in its beauty. I would give the 2015 another year or two in bottle to come into its own. Today, the Woolsey Road is distinctly oily and viscous, with tons of personality, but it is also tightly wound and in need of time.