2010 Chardonnay, Platt Vineyard, Sonoma Coast

Publication

grapelive.com

Author

Kerry Winslow

Date

September 2013

Rating

96+

Review

Dave Ramey nailed with this wine, the 2010 Platt is almost dead on perfect, this has to be one of the finest Chards I’ve had this year, and I will find it difficult to put into words just how good this wine is, so you’ll have to trust when I say, just try it yourself! While the Ritchie and Hyde Vineyard wines grab all the attention, it is this Platt that is more impressive, it is seriously fantastic, right up there with a top Puligny or dare I say a Batard, it is that good, it has it all and is a steal when compared to the great white Burgs it rivals, let alone the likes of Aubert, Kongsgaard or Peter Michael Chards. The 2010 Ramey Platt shows what a great vintage and site can do, it has a nose of white flowers, smoke, honeycomb and river rocks with a vivid palate of lemon, apple, pear and a hint of tropical fruit, firm acidity, chalky minerals and hazelnut notes. This Chardonnay is class from nose to finish with plenty of depth, length and laser like focus, without question this is pure class in the bottle, kudos to Ramey and his team, this is compelling juice and a fantastic wine, flirting with total perfection. More Information

Publication

California Grapevine

Date

September 2013

Rating

91

Review

Medium-light golden yellow; attractive, forward, toasty, citrus and baked apple aroma with a note of vanilla; medium to medium-full body; crisp, lemony, pear and green apple flavors with toasty notes and a slightly tart finish; lingering aftertaste. Very highly recommended.

Publication

Wine Spectator

Author

James Laube

Date

June 30, 2013

Rating

92

Review

Tight and slow to unfold, this reveals a focused core of fruit and spice, pushed along by intense flavors of green apple, ripe pineapple and citrus, ending with a wet stone vibrancy. Drink now through 2020. 750 cases made. –JL

Publication

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Author

Josh Raynolds

Date

May/June 2013

Rating

93

Review

Light yellowgold. Ripe pear and peach on the nose, with exotic floral and mineral accents. Shows very good energy in the mouth, displaying pink grapefruit and quince notes deepened by musky herbs and smoky lees. Finishes firm and stony, with excellent length and a hint of white flowers.

Publication

Robert M. Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate

Author

Antonio Galloni

Date

April, 2013

Rating

95

Review

The 2010 Chardonnay Platt Vineyard stands out in this range. A big, broad-shouldered wine, the Platt is actually reminiscent of a red wine in its structure. Lemon, oyster shells, salt and all sorts of citrus notes are woven throughout in this intense, saline finish. Think of the Platt as a California version of Corton-Charlemagne. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2020.