2015 Chardonnay, Ritchie Vineyard, Russian River Valley

Publication

Jeb Dunnuck

Author

Jeb Dunnuck

Date

June 2018

Rating

96

Review

From vines planted in 1972, the 2015 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard is one of the gems in the lineup. Rocking notes of caramelized citrus, lemon curd, salty minerality and loads of marzipan characteristics, full body, a rich, powerful texture, and great elegance all make for a sensational Russian River Chardonnay. Like all these wines from Ramey, it has the balance and fruit to drink nicely today and the class to evolve for over a decade.

Publication

Decanter

Author

Elin McCoy

Date

May 2018

Rating

94

Review

This lush-textured white comes from 42-year-old vines grown on the gravelly, sandy Goldridge loam common to great vineyards in Russian River. Harvest was early, but smaller grapes concentrated the flavours. Stylistically, the wine harks back to the full-on seduction of classic California Chardonnay, but it also has lift, tang and the structure to age well. The spicy, pineappley fruit marries well with 21% new oak, which lends the wine depth and complexity.

Publication

Wine Enthusiast

Author

Virginie Boone

Date

July 2018

Rating

94

Review

The block sourced by this producer was planted in 1972 with Old Wente clone. The combination of site and winemaker is stunningly successful. The grainy, textured wine is nutty and boldly laced in crème brûlée richness. Integrated vanilla oak gives it additional density as supportive acidity freshens flavors of peach, olive and apple.

Publication

Vinous

Author

Antonio Galloni

Date

April 2018

Rating

92

Review

Ramey's 2015 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard is powerful and intensely phenolic, with a real center of gravity that anchors the wine and gives it a very distinct feel. Orchard fruit, white flowers, wet stones, mint and a kiss of French oak are all nicely balanced in this expressive, mid-weight Chardonnay.