2010 Ramey Russian River Valley Chardonnay
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A rich, enveloping wine, the 2010 Chardonnay Russian River Valley caresses the palate with layers of bright, focused fruit. This is an especially saline, intense vintage of the Russian River bottling. Crushed rocks, lime and white flowers flow through to the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020. Once again, I tasted an amazing range of wines with David Ramey. The Chardonnays capture a beautiful middle ground of ripe, California fruit but treated to a long, Burgundy-inspired elevage that relies on natural yeasts and no filtration, among other choices, to bring out the personality of each of the sites Ramey works with. To me, the Ramey Chardonnays have a Chassagne-like richness that is quite appealing, yet they remain laid back in style by California standards.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright yellow. Deeply pitched aromas and flavors of poached pear, peach nectar and mace, with a floral overtone. Broad and fleshy, showing very good depth and power. Finishes smooth and long, with lingering spiciness and persistent mineral and floral notes.
The cooler 2010 vintage suits the style of Ramey's Chardonnay very nicely, with Old World structure to grace the New World fruit. Ramey's Chardonnays always come with a pedigree, and most of the grapes for this Russian River Valley blend were sourced from Dutton's ranch vineyards as well as three of Martinelli's vineyards.