Ramey Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2008

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Situated directly in the center of the Russian River appellation, our block of Kent Ritchie’s vineyard was planted i...

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"Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. Fresh and somewhat pulpy fruit sc... Read more

Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. Fresh and somewhat pulpy fruit sce... Read more

A subtle mix of spicy peat, hazelnut, cedary oak and earthy citrus flavors are well-proportioned, with crisp acidity and a minerally edge. Drink no... Read more

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07/05/2011

"Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. Fresh and somewhat pulpy fruit scents favoring ripe apples and glimpses of Meyer lemons are filled out by creamy oak spice. Not at all heavy despite its full-bodied entry weight


11/13/2010

Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. Fresh and somewhat pulpy fruit scents favoring ripe apples and glimpses of Meyer lemons are filled out by creamy oak spice. Not at all heavy despite its full-bodied entry weight, this bright, lively energetic wine reiterates the balanced mix of richness and fruit in flavors that are long on the palate and a bit on the tight side for the moment. Set it alongside grilled salmon or chicken breasts with a lemon and capers dressing for a real treat. And put some aside for a few years.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Further bottle aging can improve this wine.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

A subtle mix of spicy peat, hazelnut, cedary oak and earthy citrus flavors are well-proportioned, with crisp acidity and a minerally edge. Drink now through 2010. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Enticing aromas of hazelnut and sandalwood turn sleek and elegant, offering green apple, citrus and tart pineapple flavors. Lively acidity keeps the flavors dancing. Drink now through 2009.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

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.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Light gold. Powerfully scented bouquet of lemon, orange, iodine and floral honey, with a suave spicy undertone. The citrus flavors repeat on the palate, along with gingerbread and tangy mineral qualities. Very fresh and precise, with excellent finishing lift and lingering minerality. This got about 38% new oak but I'm not seeing, or feeling it.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

More tropical fruit and honeysuckle notes are found in the 2007 Chardonnay Russian River. Good underlying acidity buttresses the wine's considerable fruit and body, resulting in a vivacious mouthfeel as well as a chalky minerality. Drink it over the next 2-3 years.


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Winemaker's Notes:

Situated directly in the center of the Russian River appellation, our block of Kent Ritchie’s vineyard was planted in 1972 to the old Wente selection. Widely spaced—the fashion at the time—these old vines with their gnarly trunks produce tiny quantities of grapes per vine. The benchland soil is pure Goldridge Loam, common to great vineyards in this part of the Russian River Valley.

Situated directly in the center of the Russian River appellation, our block of Kent Ritchie’s vineyard was planted in 1972 to the old Wente selection. Widely spaced—the fashion at the time—these old vines with their gnarly trunks produce tiny quantities of grapes per vine. The benchland soil is pure Goldridge Loam, common to great vineyards in this part of the Russian River Valley.

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