2009 Ramey "Platt Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Chardonnay Platt Vineyard is a striking wine. This is the most reticent of Ramey’s 2009 Chardonnays. Stylistically, it is a much more mineral-infused, cool wine in its aromas and flavors, but the voice of the old Wente clones comes through in the wine’s broad-shouldered personality and sheer size. This big Chardonnay appears to have the structure to drink well for years. It is a dazzling effort. This is the first vintage for the Platt, a site that was previously used in the Sonoma Coast bottling. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2019. (94+)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Vivid yellow-gold. Explosive perfume of poached pear, peach pit, vanilla and licorice, with notes of orange zest and ginger adding complexity. Sappy, expansive and pure, with juicy, impressively dense pit and orchard fruit flavors staining the palate. Honey and vanilla notes linger on the juicy, penetrating finish.
A classy effort, with a core of ripe, vibrant white peach, pineapple, nectarine and tangerine framed by light cedary oak. Young and tight, this gains depth and finesse. Should reward cellaring. Drink now through 2020.