2008 Chardonnay, Ritchie Vineyard, Russian River Valley
Ramey's 2008 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard is gorgeous. It has also aged impeccably. Orange confit, crème brûlée, butter, smoke and hazelnut are finely knit in a super-expressive Chardonnay that hits all the right notes. The 2008 will drink well for at least another few years. Stylistically, the 2008 Ritchie belongs to an era when Ramey favored a slightly riper and more new-oak-shaped style than he does today.