2018 Chardonnay, Woolsey Rd Vineyard, Russian River Valley
This Chardonnay is exclusive to Ramey; you will not find Woolsey Rd Vineyard anywhere else. Owned by the Martinelli family, the vineyard was planted specifically for us at their invitation. We were able to provide them with old Wente cuttings from Hyde Vineyard.
The 2018 season was exemplary. The climate at Woolsey Road Vineyard is moderately cool and the soil vigor low, which coupled with the Wente selection results in a fine balance between richness and minerality.
We press whole clusters for phenolic delicacy. Native yeast and full native malolactic fermentations take place in barrel, with sur lies bâtonnage.
After 20 months in 25% new François Frères and Taransaud Beaune French oak barrels, the Chardonnay was traditionally fined for clarity and texture and bottled without filtration.