2010 Ramey Russian River Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1117338 92 points 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.  (4/ 2013)

91 points 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.  (6/ 2013)

K&L 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.

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By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/5/2013  | Send Email
You really see the talent and style of winemaker David Ramey shine in cooler vintages like 2010, where his Chardonnays exhibit precisely the sort of power and focus that has has earned them serious praise. Wine Advocate's Antonio Galloni nailed it in describing Ramey Chardonnays as possessing "a Chassagne-like richness that is quite appealing, yet they remain laid back in style by California standards." You get the best of both worlds in the Russian River release: richness and depth thanks to high caliber vineyard sources including Dutton, Martinelli, Rochioi, King, and Ritchie, balanced by the vibrance and freshness of the vintage. Extended lees contact lends texture and body, and at this youthful stage the wine shows tropical citrus and spiced apple-pear aromas and flavors with hints of beeswax and toasted almond. There is wonderful breadth on the palate, lively acidity a long, complex finish. Try it with seared scallops over creamy risotto.

By: Bryan Brick |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/5/2013  | Send Email
Simply put David Ramey is one of the most popular and influential winemakers in the United States today. His wines, whether from his own winery or one of the numerous wineries he consults for, are not only well received year in and year out by all the major wine publications but also by the vast majority of our customers. Simply put his wines are about as “can’t miss” as they come. The 2010 Russian River Chardonnay shows exactly what Mr. Ramey is all about: texture, richness, mouth feel and counterbalance. The round, invitingly rich aromas of apple pie, lychee and passion fruit here let you know right away what to expect. A rich, but precise, Chardonnay that is bold enough for the bigger is better fans and has enough acid and balance for those that want something more classic. Packed with vanillin oak, a touch of coating texture and fresh flavors of Rome apples, Clementine and passion fruit this is about a stylistically pleasing as it gets.

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

Alexander Valley/Russian River

- Among Sonoma County's northernmost appellations, the Alexander Valley AVA acts as a gateway to neighboring Napa to the east and Mendocino to the north. It is a sprawling appellation, with pockets of distinct microclimates and soils, and as such, is home to a variety of wine grapes and styles. Nearly everything grows in the Alexander Valley, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted grapes. The Russian River Valley lies to the south of Alexander Valley, and is marked by much cooler temperatures and frequently heavy fog. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown here are some of the state's finest and most sought-after. Aromatic whites like Gewürztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5