Ramey Wine Cellars

Russian River Valley Chardonnay

9.0333 ratings
9.049 pro ratings
Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA
Chardonnay
Duck, Shellfish, Goose, Mushrooms, Manchego & Parmesan, Game, Pork, Squash & Root Vegetables, Chicken, Turkey, Cheddar & Gruyere, Meaty & Oily Fish, White Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Cream Sauces
Top Notes For
Lyn Farmer

Classic California style without being overblown - apple, lemon, white peach with a modest but apparent amount of oak with its attendant spice and vanilla. Burgundian in balance but all New World in flavor

Classic California style without being overblown - apple, lemon, white peach with a modest but apparent amount of oak with its attendant spice and vanilla. Burgundian in balance but all New World in flavor

Aug 5th, 2018
Sipping Fine Wine

Had this about a year ago. After stints at Rudd, Dominus, Chalk Hill and Matanzas Creek, winemakers David Ramey and his wife, Carla began their own label in 1996. Sunshine Straw with aromas of stone and tropical fruit with sweet vanilla oak scents. On the palate apple, peach and apricot flavors, citrus zest with toasty oak. Lingering on a smooth finish ending with creamy notes. Delicious! Aged well. You can still find the 2014, so grab one, you won’t be disappointed.

Had this about a year ago. After stints at Rudd, Dominus, Chalk Hill and Matanzas Creek, winemakers David Ramey and his wife, Carla began their own label in 1996. Sunshine Straw with aromas of stone and tropical fruit with sweet vanilla oak scents. On the palate apple, peach and apricot flavors, citrus zest with toasty oak. Lingering on a smooth finish ending with creamy notes. Delicious! Aged well. You can still find the 2014, so grab one, you won’t be disappointed.

Apr 11th, 2018
Michael Chelus

Apple, lemon candy, butter oak, almonds, popcorn, honey and limestone. Great acidity and balance.

Apple, lemon candy, butter oak, almonds, popcorn, honey and limestone. Great acidity and balance.

Nov 23rd, 2017
Stefan Dolhain

2006 vintage. Russian River Valley. Another winner. Golden yellow. Intense exotic fruit (pineapple), thyme and very subtle oak. Seems fully mature with crispy acidity keeping the Chardonnay fat in balance. Nice length with a hint of almonds.

2006 vintage. Russian River Valley. Another winner. Golden yellow. Intense exotic fruit (pineapple), thyme and very subtle oak. Seems fully mature with crispy acidity keeping the Chardonnay fat in balance. Nice length with a hint of almonds.

Jul 31st, 2017
Ramey Wine Cellars

"Medium-light golden yellow color; attractive, spicy, baked apple aroma with a hint of cinnamon; medium-full body; slightly fleshy, crisp apple and pear flavors with good depth and intensity; lingering aftertaste. Very highly recommended."
- Nick Ponomareff, California Grapevine, March 2014

Our appellation Chardonnays are given less new oak - twenty to twenty-five percent - and spend less time in barrel - twelve months - than the single-vineyard wines, but otherwise are made identically to them. This includes whole-cluster pressing for delicacy, native-yeast fermentation, aging sur lies with bâtonnage, and full native malolactic fermentation.

"Medium-light golden yellow color; attractive, spicy, baked apple aroma with a hint of cinnamon; medium-full body; slightly fleshy, crisp apple and pear flavors with good depth and intensity; lingering aftertaste. Very highly recommended."
- Nick Ponomareff, California Grapevine, March 2014

Our appellation Chardonnays are given less new oak - twenty to twenty-five percent - and spend less time in barrel - twelve months - than the single-vineyard wines, but otherwise are made identically to them. This includes whole-cluster pressing for delicacy, native-yeast fermentation, aging sur lies with bâtonnage, and full native malolactic fermentation.

3 people found it helpfulJul 28th, 2014
Will Burkholder

Owner Fine Wine Dump

9.0

My favorite CA Chard producer. More tropical than Sonoma Coast cousin.

My favorite CA Chard producer. More tropical than Sonoma Coast cousin.

2 people found it helpfulNov 26th, 2015
Adele Farella

Pretty damn good for being the "entry level" for David ramey . A wonderful sample of the best RRV producers . Neo-Burgundians drink away !

Pretty damn good for being the "entry level" for David ramey . A wonderful sample of the best RRV producers . Neo-Burgundians drink away !

2 people found it helpfulJul 25th, 2015
Ming Liang

Peach, pear, lime, salted caramel, toasted nuts, and hint of tropical fruits on the nose. Very crisp, almost steely. Leaner than I expected. Good balance of acidity and minerality. High alcohol level of 14.5% is well hidden. Very enjoyable.

Peach, pear, lime, salted caramel, toasted nuts, and hint of tropical fruits on the nose. Very crisp, almost steely. Leaner than I expected. Good balance of acidity and minerality. High alcohol level of 14.5% is well hidden. Very enjoyable.

1 person found it helpfulJul 31st, 2017
Sipping Fine Wine

Following winemaking posts at Rudd, Dominus, Chalk Hill and Matanzas Creek, David Ramey and his wife, Carla began their own label in 1996. Straw with aromas of sweet stone and tropical fruit with vanilla oak scents. On the palate ripe apple, peach and apricot flavors with toasty oak, creamy. Lingering smooth finish ending with yeasty notes. Delicious!

Following winemaking posts at Rudd, Dominus, Chalk Hill and Matanzas Creek, David Ramey and his wife, Carla began their own label in 1996. Straw with aromas of sweet stone and tropical fruit with vanilla oak scents. On the palate ripe apple, peach and apricot flavors with toasty oak, creamy. Lingering smooth finish ending with yeasty notes. Delicious!

1 person found it helpfulJul 2nd, 2017
Rich Bernstein

Really you. Well balance just enuf oak.

Really you. Well balance just enuf oak.

1 person found it helpfulMar 26th, 2014