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2016 Ram's Gate "Durell Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay (Previously $70)

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Founded in 2011 in Sonoma Valley, Ram's Gate produces a number of wines from their estate vineyards in Carneros Valley as well as sourcing fruit from some of the most famed vineyards between the Sonoma Coast and Carneros. Durell vineyard is a special site that comprises 400 acres spanning across Carneros, Sonoma Coast and Sonoma Valley.

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By: Adam Winkel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/26/2021 | Send Email
Fans of high-end Sonoma Chardonnay are going to be really excited by this. Exotic citrus and grilled pineapple with macadamia and a salt-lick of mineral are set on an electric frame. The extract of the wine easily absorbs any overt wood. There's excellent power here, but the quality can really be judged on the fine acidity, integration, and length.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/21/2021 | Send Email
Don't blink or you'll miss this one! Another absolutely ridiculous deal from Ram's Gate, and this time it's on none other than Durell Vineyard Chardonnay! Durell Vineyard is well known as one of the premier vineyards in all of the Sonoma Coast / Carneros. This vineyard was established in 1979 and has been the backbone of many legendary wines including those from Kistler, Patz & Hall, Three Sticks, Auteur and TOR. The site truly has "Grand Cru" status and produces some of the most sought after fruit in the region. The Ram's Gate Durell Chardonnay is a classic expression of this site, striking a great balance between rich, generous flavors and textures whilst remaining vibrant and energized with a fine line of cool-climate acidity teasing the wine out long on the palate. The nose has white florals, hazelnut cream, hints of warm brioche and baked baked pear. On the palate more caramelized orchard fruit, a lovely praline character before turning to more zesty, crushed quince and sea salt tones in the mineral laden finish. It certainly has good weight and creaminess for folks who enjoy classic California Chard, but there's plenty of acidity and verve here too. The oak is beautifully integrated, and the quality of the vineyard shines through in spades. This is a one time chance to get top notch, single vineyard Chardonnay, from a site of this pedigree for such a MASSIVE discount. We took every case available to make this deal happen...going...going...
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By: Tim Telli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/21/2021 | Send Email
When I think of top-notch Sonoma County vineyards for chardonnay, the Durell Vineyard is always up there with the very best. The Ram's Gate Durell Vineyard Chardonnay is classic Sonoma County Chardonnay. Winemaker Jeff Gaffner has been making wine since 1981 and is synonymous with the Durell vineyard, having made award winning wines from here for a number of different wineries. This is a textbook example of the vineyard and exactly what people are looking for when they ask for a chardonnay from Sonoma County. I find a good amount of oak and texture here, all held in balance by nice citrus fruits and good acidity. This has richness without being heavy. I bet the wine will continue to age well for another 5-10 years.

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