2008 Chardonnay, Ritchie Vineyard, Russian River Valley

Publication

Vinous

Author

Antonio Galloni

Date

May 2019

Rating

93

Review

Ramey's 2008 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard is gorgeous. It has also aged impeccably. Orange confit, crème brûlée, butter, smoke and hazelnut are finely knit in a super-expressive Chardonnay that hits all the right notes. The 2008 will drink well for at least another few years. Stylistically, the 2008 Ritchie belongs to an era when Ramey favored a slightly riper and more new-oak-shaped style than he does today.

Publication

Vinous

Author

Stephen Tanzer

Date

July 2017

Rating

90

Review

Bright yellow; not yet gold. Aromas of pear, orange zest and mirabelle, plus a whiff of banana. A very ripe but very dry wine, with its peach, pear and smoky mineral flavors a bit dulled by alcoholic warmth; not showing the penetrating quality it displayed upon release. Today I prefer the 2008 Hyde for its saline minerality and better acidity, although I should note that both of these wines were acidified. Not my favorite vintage here: I'd drink this wine over the next few years.

Publication

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Author

Josh Raynolds

Date

May/June 2011

Rating

94

Review

Vivid gold. Ripe pear, orange zest and smoky minerality on the nose. Deeply pitched but energetic, offering bright orchard fruit flavors and a deeper note of peach pit. Then spicy, dry and penetrating on the finish, which features notes of iodine and bitter herbs. Shows an intriguing blend of richness and vivacity and should be even better with a few years of bottle age.

Publication

Wine Spectator

Author

James Laube

Date

June 30, 2011

Rating

93

Review

Delivers a tight, taut laser beam of flavors, riding lively acidity that carries the green apple, pineapple, citrus and honeydew melon notes. Gains depth and velocity, and is built to gain even more with cellaring. Drink now through 2016.

Publication

Robert M. Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate

Author

Robert Parker

Date

February 1, 2011

Rating

92

Review

The medium to full-bodied 2008 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard offers scents of pineapples, pears, honeysuckle and subtle spicy oak. With good power, density and richness, it should drink nicely for 4-5 years.