2006 Chardonnay, Ritchie Vineyard, Russian River Valley

Publication

Vinous

Author

Stephen Tanzer

Date

July 2017

Rating

91

Review

Full medium yellow. Captivating aromas of orange zest, ginger and quinine, complicated by a note of decomposing vegetable matter and some more evolved suggestions of smoke and earth. Thick and saline in the mouth, offering hints of spices and honeysuckle but little in the way of primary fruit. Finishes a bit edgy. As with the two 2011 bottlings, I find this wine marginally more successful than the 2006 Hyde but at this point it's not going anywhere.

Publication

Wine Spectator

Author

James Laube

Date

Dec. 31, 2008-Jan. 15 2009

Rating

95

Review

Deliciously complex and full-bodied, this is layered with flavors, showing citrus and tropical fruit, with hints of anise and buttery oak, yet the acidity keeps the flavors tangy and vibrant. Drink now through 2012. 1,300 cases made. JL

Publication

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Author

Josh Raynolds

Date

May/June 2008

Rating

94

Review

Bright yellow. Stunningly complex bouquet offers ripe citrus and orchard fruits, smoky minerals, saffron, white flowers and anise. Deeply concentrated but suave and fresh, with energetic pear and tangerine flavors complicated by anise and chalky minerality. This reaches every nook and cranny of the palate, delivering serious flavor impact. The finish refuses to let go, with the smoke and anise qualities repeating.

Publication

Robert M. Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate

Author

Robert Parker

Date

December 1, 2008

Rating

91

Review

The three single vineyard Chardonnays are all from top sites, the Hudson and Hyde vineyards in Carneros, and the Russian River's Ritchie Vineyard. More lemon oil, hazelnut, and smoke are present in the 2006 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard. Full-bodied, fresh, and lively, it is an outstanding effort.

Publication

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine

Date

February 1, 2009

Rating

94

Review

Seemingly the deepest and most energetically balanced of the exceptional Ramey trio, this wine is a touch simpler in its central character and a bit sweeter in its fruit. It is going to have great appeal for uses with the less briny, small oysters and with fish like Dover sole than it will with more savory foods, but it is also likely to find greater range over time, and may turn out to be the longest lived of the Ramey trio.