2007 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

Publication

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Author

Josh Raynolds

Date

May/June 09

Rating

91

Review

Light gold. Powerfully scented bouquet of lemon, orange, iodine and floral honey, with a suave spicy undertone. The citrus flavors repeat on the palate, along with gingerbread and tangy mineral qualities. Very fresh and precise, with excellent finishing lift and lingering minerality. This got about 38% new oak but I'm not seeing, or feeling it.

Publication

Robert M. Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate

Author

Robert Parker

Date

February 1, 2010

Rating

90

Review

More tropical fruit and honeysuckle notes are found in the 2007 Chardonnay Russian River. Good underlying acidity buttresses the wine's considerable fruit and body, resulting in a vivacious mouthfeel as well as a chalky minerality. Drink it over the next 2-3 years.

Publication

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine

Date

January 1, 2010

Rating

91

Review

The cool climes of Russian River are reflected in the leaner and slightly angular aspects of this nervy young Chardonnay, but for all of its briskness, the wine musters a fair showing of relatively deep fruit, and, in the end, its sins seem no more than those of extreme youth. Its flashes of sweet apples and oak are under-scored by a long line of firm acid, yet its course is set first and foremost by persistent fruit, and it is all but guaranteed to gain further beauty with age.

Publication

California Grapevine

Date

June-July 2009

Rating

91

Review

Light gold. Medium-light golden yellow; attractive, floral, spiced apple and pear aroma with notes of citrus and minerals; medium-full to full body; lemony, green apple flavors with a creamy mouthfeel; well balanced and structured; crisp finish; lingering aftertaste. Should reward a few more years of bottle aging (as should the other Ramey Chardonnays in this tasting). Very highly recommended.