2014 Ramey "Platt Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay (Elsewhere $50)

SKU #1380161 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Chardonnay Platt Vineyard has expressive pink grapefruit, warm peaches and brioche notes with hints of praline and ginger. Medium-bodied with great richness and depth in the mouth, it has a lovely creamy texture offset by a wicked backbone of freshness, finishing long with mineral and savory/yeasty layers. (LPB)  (2/2017)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Lush and bright, this comes from one of the coolest sites sourced by the producer, high up and facing the Pacific Ocean. A gravelly texture holds on tightly along the palate, as pear, peach and baked pineapple vie for attention. (VB)  (9/2017)

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By: Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/31/2018 | Send Email
If I understood correctly, this is the final vintage of this product. Sadly. It is Ramey's leanest, most mineral driven, most stainless steel, least-oaked Chardonnay in their line up and it's pretty mind blowing. The minerality they achieved is gorgeous. Something like a high-end Chablis: lean, mineral, full of bright structure, yet texturous. Love this stuff. My first thought upon drinking this was "I wish I could buy cases of this stuff and see how it changes over time."

By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/31/2018 | Send Email
I'm a big lover of most Sonoma Coast single vineyards and of all the Domestic chards we carry in this store, the Platt Vineyard from Ramey is easily one of my favorites... And considering what we sell a lot of single vineyard chards for, this is quite a fantastic value. Mellow malo and oaky notes, the platt vineyard is just right.

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/18/2018 | Send Email
David Ramey has been one of my wine making hero’s since his days at Dominus and Rudd. After a long spell of making others look great he eventually founded his eponymously named winery and earned all the accolades he rightfully deserves. The ’14 Platt Vineyard Chardonnay is one of the most exciting white wines he’s made in years. I was dazzled by its freshness and nerve. For me, it was a dead ringer for a 1er cru Chassagne-Montrachet. It’s wines like this that make us hold our heads up high knowing that California produces such world class wine. Bravo David!

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/17/2018 | Send Email
Wow! It's no surprise to me that I had this reaction from one of David Ramey's California Chardonnays. He always manages to get the right balance of fleshy fruit to creamy oak just right. This reaches another level for me though. The note of Key lime on the palate gives a lift to this that provides lively acidity and backbone to a pretty full-bodied white. A note of graham cracker crust takes me the rest of the way for this utterly engaging white. A touch reminiscent of Meursault but firmly California, there is a LOT to like here.

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/16/2018 | Send Email
This Chardonnay completely took me by surprise; it's a serious, high acid style that seems to just be emerging and beginning to show its stuff. For any long-time fan of Chardonnay and white Burgundy, the fact that a wine from a great, cooler Sonoma Coast vineyard, made by Ramey, is as good as this should be no surprise, but as always tasting is believing and after tasting, I am a believer. Rich citrus fruit show terrific presence, with a cut and brightness that places it on par with very good, comparably priced Burgundy from a more classic vintage. Yes, this is on the level of comparably priced 2014 white Burg (99.9% of which are long gone..) Don't miss out on this one.

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/16/2018 | Send Email
If you are looking for an elegant, expressive single vineyard Domestic Chardonnay, look no further than this vibrant example from Ramey. A little nutty and briochy from the lees contact are a great counter-balance to the fresh fruit and bright acidity present. I was very pleasantly surprised by the long finish and encompassing mouthfeel. I've always turned to Ramey as a great go-to reliable California Chardonnay, and I'm very pleased to add this one to my recommended list.

By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/10/2018 | Send Email
I was pleasantly surprised, if not shocked with the vibrancy and freshness of this 2014 Chardonnay! After tasting I learned that the Platt Vineyard is the coolest vineyard site that Ramey sources fruit from. The wine shows a laser-like focus, bright green apple hints, minerals and wet stone. Blind this would be tough to pick out as a California Chardonnay. I would drink this wine all day long!

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- 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.

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.


- 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.
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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