2013 Ramey Chardonnay Platt Vineyard

Year: 2013
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 89
Wine Advocate: 96
Vinous Media: 93+
Connoisseurs' Guide: 91
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :


"Weaves together a mix of green herb, lemon-lime, white peach and nectarine flavors, ending with lively acidity and a hint of crushed rock. Drink now. 1,250 cases made. –JL" (WS)

"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.

I tasted all of Ramey’s 2014s and I will have notes on these when they are finally in bottle, but some of the highlights are certainly included. The 2014 Syrah Rodgers Creek, 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Annum and the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Pedregal, as well as a new offering – the 2014 Template (a 75% Merlot/25% Cabernet Franc blend from Mount Veeder) looks to have outstanding potential and is certainly a noteworthy addition to the Ramey portfolio." (WA)

"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." (VM)

"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. Reviewed: July 2016" (CG)

Winery Notes:
2013 summed up to be a perfect vintage with clear sunny days and cool evenings. This produced a long, moderate growing season with extended hang time and even ripening, resulting in a full range of flavors while retaining natural acidity.

We press the whole clusters for delicacy. Native-yeast and full native malolactic fermentation take place in barrel, with sur lies bâtonnage. After aging 18 months in 30% new French oak barrels (François Frères), this Chardonnay was fined and settled in tank following the next harvest. It was then bottled without filtration.

Winemaker Notes:
The Platt Vineyard is our coolest site, producing wine that is more focused and mineral driven than fruit driven.