2018 Ramey Russian River Valley Chardonnay

Sonoma County, California

A stunning Chardonnay, focused on balance and elegance. A beautiful example of the new age of California wine.


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Categories: World of Wine
Year after year the wines from Ramey Wine Cellars are nothing short of spectacular.

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About the Wine

This is made using a few different sites throughout the Russian River AVA. Given the dedication that Ramey have to their vineyards, what you see in the bottle is an amalgamation which is greater than the sum of its parts. Fruit quality sings and flavours soar.

With slightly less time in oak than the rest of the range (12 months), and slightly less new oak too (15%), this is a more immediately balanced and subtle Chardonnay. There is still a lovely ripeness and richness, like biting into a juicy nectarine, but a lot more vitality than vigour. Freshness dominates, with apples, pears and stone fruits balanced by a soft creaminess and cleansing minerality. What a showstopper.

About Ramey

David Ramey is a name to remember. He started his own wine label in 1996 and is counted with some of America's most influential winemakers. Looking at his resume, anything else would be a shame - he has made wine at some of the most renowned wineries in the world, like Chateau Petrus and Dominus.

With a mentality of making wines which are 'bold, but in check,' Ramey focuses on native yeasts, sur lie ageing and barrel fermentation. This results in a new California style, one which combines rich lushness with softness, delicacy and balance.

David Ramey
David Ramey
Sonoma, California
Additional Info

From the Producer

The 2018 season was exemplary. Higher cluster counts than the low yielding years of 2015-2017, coupled with cooler late summer temperatures, brought longer hangtimes with harvest dates up to two weeks later than the previous vintage. Coming from special vineyard sites, our Chardonnays show great depth of flavour, length of finish, aromatic complexity, and a fine balance between richness and delicacy.

After aging 12 months in 15% new French oak barrels (François Frères, Taransaud Beaune), the Chardonnay was traditionally fined for clarity during the following harvest and bottled without filtration in February 2020.

Blend : Chardonnay (100%)
ABV : 14.5%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2035
Bottle Size : 750ml

The Ramey cellar door
The Ramey cellar door
California, USA

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Do I have to order in dozens? No, please mix it up! You can order wines in any quantity and variation you like. You can order 1 bottle or 50. We challenge you to make the ultimate mixed pack of wine!

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