Ramey Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2020 (750 ml)

  • WE: 95
  • WS: 91

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Tasting Notes and Description

Tasting Notes For Ramey Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2020

Ramey Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2020 is a stunning expression of the Chardonnay varietal, sourced from special vineyard sites in the Russian River Valley, California. This wine is renowned for its depth of flavor, length of finish, and a fine balance between richness and delicacy. The cool climate and low soil vigor produce graceful yet vibrant wines that showcase the region's unique terroir.

The 2020 vintage of Ramey Russian River Valley Chardonnay had an interesting growing season, starting with a very wet winter, followed by a mild summer until a significant heatwave around Labor Day. The winemakers and growers quickly harvested the first wave of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir after the heatwave, and then the temperatures were warm and steady. This allowed the winemakers to pick the grapes based on optimal fruit maturity rather than impending weather. The yields were very close to projections, and the fruit quality was exceptional with well-preserved acids, great color, and good varietal expression.

This wine is known for its aromatic complexity, showcasing notes of lemon zest, green apple, white peach, and floral hints of honeysuckle and jasmine. On the palate, it is rich and textured, with flavors of vanilla, buttered toast, and a subtle minerality that provides a refreshing lift to the wine. The finish is long and satisfying, leaving a lingering impression of sweet spice and toasted hazelnuts. Ramey Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2020 is a perfect wine to pair with roasted chicken, seafood, and creamy pasta dishes.

Critic Ratings

Wine Spectator Review - Rated 91:
Well-spiced baked apple and ripe pear flavors show lots of custardy notes in this white, which ends with firm acidity on the finish, with wet stone accents and savory nuances. Drink now through 2025. 11,858 cases made. — KM

Wine Enthusiast Review - Rated 95:
This crisp, complex wine delivers elegant layers of tangerine and lemon. It builds focus and texture on the palate as it opens, with subtle hints of oak spice and crushed rock contributing to the delicious profile. Vineyard sites include the producer's estate Westside Farms, as well as Rochioli Allen. VIRGINIE BOONE
Winery Ramey
Country United States
Region Russian River Valley, California
Year 2020
Grape Varietal Chardonnay
Size 750 ML
ABV 14.5%
Wine Style White Wine

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