2015 Ramey Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard

Year: 2015
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 88
Wine Advocate: 94+
Vinous Media: 92
Jeb Dunnuck: 96
Wine Enthusiast: 94
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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"Elegant and stylish, with a trim mix of honeydew, green apple, gravelly earth and light oak notes. An understated style that will benefit from cellaring. Drink now through 2020. 1,240 cases made.–JL " (WS)

"The 2015 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard is a little restrained and reticent to begin, with lime leaves and lemongrass wafts over a core of white peaches, chalk dust and coriander seed. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers incredible freshness and precision, with the raciness contrasted by electric intensity, finishing on a lingering mineral note." (WA)

"Ramey's 2015 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard is powerful and intensely phenolic, with a real center of gravity that anchors the wine and gives it a very distinct feel. Orchard fruit, white flowers, wet stones, mint and a kiss of French oak are all nicely balanced in this expressive, mid-weight Chardonnay." (VM)

"From vines planted in 1972, the 2015 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard is one of the gems in the lineup. Rocking notes of caramelized citrus, lemon curd, salty minerality and loads of marzipan characteristics, full body, a rich, powerful texture, and great elegance all make for a sensational Russian River Chardonnay. Like all these wines from Ramey, it has the balance and fruit to drink nicely today and the class to evolve for over a decade." (JD)

"The block sourced by this producer was planted in 1972 with Old Wente clone. The combination of site and winemaker is stunningly successful. The grainy, textured wine is nutty and boldly laced in crème brûlée richness. Integrated vanilla oak gives it additional density as supportive acidity freshens flavors of peach, olive and apple." (WE)

Winery Notes:
“Our Ritchie Chardonnay walks the fine line between richness & delicacy. It has a complex and harmonious mouthfeel that balances power & elegance.” –David Ramey