2017 Ramey "Woolsey Road Vineyard" Russian River Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1497842 96 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark From a site farmed by the Martinelli family to the producer's specifications, this white is quenching in a depth of acidity, with cool-climate freshness throughout. Gravenstein apple, clove, Meyer lemon and nutmeg provide a lush richness that finishes elegantly balanced. (VB) Inner quote mark (10/2020)

94 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Seeing 20 months in 20% new barrels, the 2017 Chardonnay Woolsey Road Vineyard offers plenty of brioche and white flower nuances to go with rocking levels of Meyer lemon and tart pineapple fruit. It's rich, concentrated, and powerful on the palate, yet also has a racy spine of acidity that just about hits the tart level, yet never goes over the edge. Inner quote mark (5/2020)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2017 Chardonnay Woolsey Road Vineyard is a racy wine endowed with terrific richness. Lemon confit, white flowers, mint and tropical overtones all grace this unctuous, deeply layered Chardonnay. The balance of textural intensity and freshness is simply compelling. The 2017 is so expressive today. (AG) Inner quote mark (4/2020)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Taut, with focused green apple, Asian pear and honeydew melon flavors, backed by vibrant acidity. Savory midpalate, leading to a finish filled with lemon meringue notes and minerally richness. (KM) Inner quote mark (8/2020)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2017 Chardonnay Woolsey Road Vineyard is savory and earthy with notes of roasted almonds, graphite, mushroom powder and a hint of honeycomb. The medium to full-bodied palate's expansive, silky character is contrasted by tangy acidity and rocky minerality, finishing very long and pure. (EB) 93+ Inner quote mark (7/2020)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/13/2021 | Send Email
Woolsey Vineyard is block planted and farmed specifically for Ramey by the Martinelli Family. Cuttings were taken from Old Wente Clone Hyde selection that Ramey has used for many years and propagated into this site in 2007. Sitting close other famed sites such as Ritchie Vineyard, this is a sub-region of Russian River well known for producing world-class Chardonnay. As with all the Ramey Chards this wine has the perfect balance of power and texture honed into linear form by the racy acidity. Mostly baked apple and toasted nut aromas and flavors with a twist of citrus and wet sand mineral. Subtle oak spice frames but never obstructs. Very classy, poised, powerful Chardonnay. Signing right now, but will continue to age gracefully for 5-8 years, maybe more.

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