2013 Chardonnay, Woolsey Road Vineyard, Russian River Valley
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“One of the finest Russian River Valley Chardonnays I have tasted, Ramey’s 2013 Woolsey Road Vineyard Chardonnay is a truly balanced wine…Highly aromatic and heavenly on the nose, aromas of lemon curd, buttered citrus, pineapple and cold stones mingle with gentle wafts of vanilla….This Chardonnay is zesty and fresh in the mouth, followed by a wave of round textures and richness—there is great contrast, here… rich and creamy palate—though to be sure, the richness is balanced very well by the wine’s fresh acidity…” – Melissa Vogt, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, January 4, 2017 | click here to read the full article
2013 summed up to be a perfect vintage with clear sunny days and cool evenings. This produced a long, moderate growing season with extended hang time and even ripening, resulting in a full range of flavors while retaining natural acidity.
We press whole clusters for phenolic delicacy (low tannins). Native-yeast and full native malolactic fermentations take place in barrel, with sur lies bâtonnage. After eighteen months in 30% new French oak barrels from François Frères, this Chardonnay was bottled without filtration in June 2015.
Coming from special vineyard sites, our Chardonnays show great depth of flavor, length of finish, aromatic complexity, and a fine balance between richness and delicacy. Typically, the climate is cool and the soil vigor low, producing graceful yet vibrant wines. This is our second bottling from this new site.