2011 Chardonnay, Platt Vineyard, Sonoma Coast

Publication

i-winereview

Author

Mike Potashnik and Don Winkler

Date

November / December 2014

Rating

93

Review

The Platt Vineyard has Goldridge loam soils on a very cool, fog-bound site, just 4 miles from the ocean overlooking Bodega Village. Yields are absurdly low, about 1 ton/acre. This Chardonnay is Ramey’s most Burgundian with a gorgeous fine texture, evoking oyster shells and crushed minerals and lime citrus. It finishes on a pronounced chalky note.
 

Publication

International Wine Report

Author

Joe D'Angelo

Date

December 2014

Rating

#34 of the Top 100 Wines of 2014

Review

Publication

International Wine Report

Author

Joe D'Angelo

Date

April 2014

Rating

94

Review

The 2011 Platt vineyard is an absolutely thrilling Chardonnay, pretty and elegant, with Asian pear, vanilla blossom, spicy floral, lemon zest and minerals. This shows the most tension of all the 2011’s from Ramey. It possesses wonderful freshness and terrific balance with vibrant acidity. The mineral driven finish is zesty, crisp and mouth watering making this hard to resist. This Wente clone Chardonnay comes from Ramey’s coolest vineyard site and it is also the most Burgundian in style. Approachable today, yet probably the most age worthy of the 2011’s from David Ramey. (Best 2014-2023)

Publication

Ronn Wiegand's Restaurant Wine

Author

Ronn Wiegand

Date

May 2014

Rating

four & a half stars

Review

The Platt Vineyard is excellent: full bodied and fairly rich, yet with a firm acid backbone. It is long and crisp on the palate, with a range of quality aromas/flavors (lemon peel, pear, honey, vanilla, roasted nut.)

Publication

Vinous

Author

Antonio Galloni

Date

February 2014

Rating

93+

Review

The 2011 Chardonnay Platt Vineyard is direct and focused in style. Butter, pastry, citrus and sweet spices are some of the nuances that are alive in the glass. Because of its proximity to the Pacific and the cool vintage, the Platt is a bit compact and tightly wound at this stage. Readers should give the 2011 another year or two in bottle to start unwinding. Wild flowers, almonds and mint are layered into the finish. There is a lot to look forward to here.