Ramey Chardonnay Russian River 2006
Winery says: "This vintage marks a significant change in our Russian River grape sourcing. For the first time weve included four vineyards from Rochioli Vineyards, including Allen, as one-third of the blend; three vineyards from the Dutton Ranches (27%); with 29% continuing to come from the Charles Heintz Ranch near Occidental. There is also 11% from the small Green Pastures Vineyard: 37-year-old Wente in a pocket canyon up Felta Creek Road. Perhaps because of the new components, we think its our finest Russian River Chardonnay to date. Goldridge loam and gravelly soils provide a crisper mouthfeel to Russian River Chardonnays compared with their Carneros counterparts."We say "Will there be a quiz later?"
External Reviews for Ramey Chardonnay Russian River
Bright yellow. Smoky, leesy, mineral-driven aromas of orange, buttery brioche and iodine. Deep and chewy, with concentrated citrus and orchard fruit flavors braced by chalky minerals. Gains weight and a buttery, nutty quality on the long, sappy finish. This could pass for a suave Meursault. Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May Jun 08
Spicy and intense, with rich meat, fig, apricot and pineapple flavors that are well-focused, long and lively, if shy on the extra dimensions typically found in Ramey's single-vineyard bottlings. Drink now through 2005.
Enticing aromas of hazelnut and sandalwood turn sleek and elegant offering green apple citrus and tart pineapple flavors. Lively acidity keeps the flavors dancing.
Pure, ripe and vibrant, with spicy pear, melon, citrus and green apple notes that are fresh and lively, ending with zesty acidity. Drink now through 2015.
Bright yellow. Precise, mineral-driven aromas of pear, spicecake, iodine and wet concrete, along with a sexy floral aspect. At once tactile and fine-grained, with subtle smokiness giving depth to the flavors of Meyer lemon, minerals and candied ginger. Tightens up toward the back, finishing quite suave, with strong lift and cut to its ginger-laced orchard fruit flavors.
David Ramey believes in showing off the differences in terroir for his wines, and because of this, each Chardonnay from different sights is vinified the same. The Russian River is a cooler climate, resulting in a Chardonnay with a fresh acidity, with notes of honeysuckle and citrus.