2006 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

Publication

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Author

Josh Raynolds

Date

May/June 08

Rating

90

Review

Green-hued yellow. Spicy lemon and orange aromas are complicated by smoky lees and floral honey. Sharply focused and pure, with tangy citrus and green apple flavors, medium weight and good mineral lift. The leesy quality returns on the long, juicy finish of this vibrant wine.

Publication

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine

Date

October 1, 2008

Rating

91

Review

The leader of the Ramey bunch in this Issue features the deep, outgoing, pulpy yet still developing fruit that is so typical of the best from the winery. Clearly focused on Pippin apple's tart and juicy characteristics and enriched by hints of toast, creme brulee and a wisp of pineapple, this balanced, solidly constructed effort can be served today alongside most white-fleshed fishes now or over the next several years.

Publication

Robert M. Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate

Author

Robert Parker

Date

December 1, 2008

Rating

88

Review

More Chablis-like with a chalky minerality and crisp white citrus and white currant aromas and flavors is the elegant, medium-bodied 2006 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast. It should drink well for 2-3 years.