Ramey Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2016
Ramey Wine Cellars was founded in 1996 by David Ramey and his wife Carla. After sixteen years making wine in Sonoma County, and firmly establishing Matanzas Creek and Chalk Hill wineries in the marketplace, David crossed the Mayacamas to spend six years in the Napa Valley–first as winemaker for Dominus Estate and project manager for the construction of their new winery; then helping Leslie Rudd reshape the Girard Winery into Rudd Oakville.
They press the whole clusters for delicacy. Native-yeast and full native malolactic fermentation take place in barrel, with sur lies bâtonnage. After aging 12 months in 25% new French oak barrels (François Frères, Taransaud Beaune),and 5% Concrete egg, the Chardonnay was traditionally fined for clarity during the following harvest and bottled without filtration in January 2019.
Nose: Focused and fresh, with dried, savory herbal notes accenting the fresh-cut apple, citrus and white berry flavors.
Palate: The palate opens immediately with flavours of wet stone, spice and sage cream accents.
Finish: It is long and luxurious, full throttle chardonnay.