2013 Ramey "Platt Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Chardonnay Platt Vineyard, under the well-known Sonoma Coast terroir, offers elegant white currant, quince and stony notes with hints of apple blossom, lemon oil and a touch of orange rind. This medium-bodied wine should drink nicely for 3-4 years. 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. (RP)
David Ramey's 2013 Chardonnay Platt Vineyard is a wine of precision, nuance and understatement. Orchard fruit, mint and white pepper are some of the notes that emerge from this crystalline, focused Chardonnay. Still, there is plenty of the classic Ramey texture, but the wine remains reticent and in need of at least a few years in bottle. The Platt will require a little more patience than most Ramey Chardonnays. 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. The reds all capture a highly attractive stylistic middle ground that offers plenty of New World, California fruit wedded to an Old World sense of structure. 93+ (AG)
*Two Stars* The new Ramey Chardonnays are very much peas in a pod, and, as this particular bottling attests, picking a favorite is a happy, if next-to-impossible task. It follows the lead of its siblings in being very deep and a little reserved with suggestions of sweet butter, vanilla, minerals and toast set to the side of its still-nervy young fruit. It is fairly full and slightly supple to start and grows gradually firmer and firmer as it goes, but its sense of solidity and central extract is never lessened, and, at least for the moment and by the smallest degree, it shows a soupçon more polish than any of its equally well-endowed mates.
Weaves together a mix of green herb, lemon-lime, white peach and nectarine flavors, ending with lively acidity and a hint of crushed rock. (JL)