2013 Ramey Russian River Valley Chardonnay
The 2013 Chardonnay (Russian River Valley) is another terrific entry-level Chardonnay from David Ramey. Here it is the wine's richness and creaminess that really stand out. Honey, apricot pit, mint, butter and dried flowers blossom are some of the signatures. This is a real overachiever in its class. It's hard to know where to begin with these wines from David Ramey, as there are so many highlights, but one common theme is the quality of the entry-level wines. The appellation-level Chardonnays, Pinot, Syrah and Claret all deliver serious quality for the money. As always, the Chardonnays are made in a rich, Burgundian-leaning style that emphasizes relatively long aging in barrel by California standards. (AG)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Chardonnay Russian River is a relatively large cuvée of between 12,000 and 15,000 cases. It offers up loads of baking spices, orange marmalade, white peach and honeysuckle. It is medium to full-bodied, pure, and at the same time, combines power and elegance. This should be drunk in its first several years of life. Under the Ramey label, David Ramey has always done a top-notch job with Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon as well as Syrah, although he rarely gets enough credit for the latter. There are two generic Chardonnay offerings. I tasted all of Ramey’s 2014s and I will have notes on these when they are finally in bottle, but some of the highlights are certainly included. The 2014 Syrah Rodgers Creek, 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Annum and the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Pedregal, as well as a new offering – the 2014 Template (a 75% Merlot/25% Cabernet Franc blend from Mount Veeder) looks to have outstanding potential and is certainly a noteworthy addition to the Ramey portfolio.
*One Star* A little toned-down in the nose and similarly a bit underplayed on the palate and showing a mild oaky overlay to its clean, fairly straightforward themes of crisp apples, this well-balanced wine starts out with a quickly passing suggestion of spritz that only heightens its impression of freshness. While medium-full-bodied, it is lighter in step, and, if it is in no danger at all of fading away in the next several years, its brightness and buoyancy make us inclined to drink it sooner than later.
More solid than special, with an appealing mix of citrus-infused green apple, nectarine and tangerine flavors. Clean and zesty on the finish. Drink now. 13,980 cases made.
"...Rounder, weightier and richer with flavors of pear, lemon custard and vanilla, with a warm, comforting mouthfeel enveloped in new French and Hungarian oak. Fine length, and finishes with a mineral bite for some contrapuntal complexity." 90 pts, The Corkscrewer Report, November 2015