2013 Ramey "Platt Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

SKU #1276393 96 points 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. (RP)  (3/2016)

93 points Vinous

 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)  (1/2016)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide

 *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.  (7/2016)

Wine Spectator

 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)  (6/2016)

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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, M√Ęcon, 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.
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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.
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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.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5