2004 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

Publication

Wine Spectator

Author

James Laube

Date

June 30, 2006

Rating

90

Review

Enticing aromas of hazelnut and sandalwood turn sleek and elegant, offering green apple, citrus and tart pineapple flavors. Lively acidity keeps the flavors dancing. Drink now through 2009. 2,280 cases made. '

Publication

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine

Date

June 1, 2006

Rating

92

Review

Ramey's superb single-vineyard offerings have always struck us having a remarkable balance of winemaking richness and high-energy fruit, and so, too, it seems do the winery's appellation bottlings. This impressively crafted effort is shot through with very deep, optimally ripened appley fruit and comes complete with a full measure of keenly fit oak. It is at once both viscous and alive on the palate, and its potent expressions of creamy oak spice, unstinting fruit and real concentration are sustained through a long, wonderfully well-focused finish.