2009 Chardonnay, Platt Vineyard, Sonoma Coast

Publication

Robert M. Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate

Author

Antonio Galloni

Date

February 1, 2012

Rating

94+

Review

The 2009 Chardonnay Platt Vineyard is a striking wine. This is the most reticent of Ramey's 2009 Chardonnays. Stylistically, it is a much more mineral-infused, cool wine in its aromas and flavors, but the voice of the old Wente clones comes through in the wine's broad-shouldered personality and sheer size. This big Chardonnay appears to have the structure to drink well for years. It is a dazzling effort. This is the first vintage for the Platt, a site that was previously used in the Sonoma Coast bottling. Drink: 2013-2019.

Publication

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Author

Josh Raynolds

Date

May/June 2012

Rating

94

Review

Vivid yellow-gold. Explosive perfume of poached pear, peach pit, vanilla and licorice, with notes of orange zest and ginger adding complexity. Sappy, expansive and pure, with juicy, impressively dense pit and orchard fruit flavors staining the palate. Honey and vanilla notes linger on the juicy, penetrating finish.

Publication

Wine Spectator

Author

James Laube

Date

April 18, 2012

Rating

93

Review

A classy effort, with a core of ripe, vibrant white peach, pineapple, nectarine and tangerine framed by light cedary oak. Young and tight, this gains depth and finesse. Should reward cellaring. Drink now through 2020.'

Publication

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine

Date

January 1, 2013

Rating

91

Review

Ramey's remarkable string of successes in 2009 continues with this very bright and vibrant young wine, and, while sporting a bit of immediate fruit in league with its generous oak, this is a com-pact, very deep, close-to-nervy Chardonnay whose tighter construction and sense of unrealized potential makes it one of the more age-worthy of the bunch. It is certain to find increased polish and complexity with time, and it deserves to be set aside for at least two or three years.

Publication

Ronn Wiegand's Restaurant Wine

Author

Ronn Wiegand

Date

January/February 2012

Rating

Five Star

Review

The Platt bottling is more refined in character: ripe but complex, with an undercurrent of crisp acidity. It has wonderful character (pineapple, lemon peel, grapefruit, honey, sweet corn, roasted nut, toast) and a very long finish. Exceptional.