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2018 Ramey Woolsey Road Vineyard Chardonnay

Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased direct from a distributor

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RATINGS

95The Wine Advocate

It's a lovely, mineral-driven style, with scents that segue from iodine and dashi to spiced apples and quince...palate is silky, featherweight and minerally, finishing very long and lifted.

95Wine Enthusiast

...dazzles in salty sea air, oyster shell and hay, with subdued richness and layers of Gravenstein apple and pear. The acidity drives it into a fresh array of tension and texture.

94Wine Spectator

Crisp and zesty, with a lively mix of green apple, Key lime and fresh-crushed savory spice flavors that are backed by vibrant acidity. Shows light buttery nuances on the intensely spicy finish.

94Vinous / IWC

...shows tremendous nuance and character to match its transparent personality.

93Jeb Dunnuck

Honeyed lemon, white flowers, brioche, and subtle creamy...rich, medium to full-bodied, wonderfully textured... It has good acidity, a more structured, concentrated style...

REGION

United States, California, Sonoma, Russian River Valley

Russian River Valley AVA is named for the river that meanders from Mendocino County in the north until it finally runs into the Pacific Ocean north of San Francisco. The AVA is cool thanks to its proximity to the northern California coast and the river, and grape growers must learn to deal with regular fog. Nevertheless in recent decades the AVA has become one of the best in the state, meaning that its wines often earn excellent reviews and have considerable cachet. The AVA status was awarded in 1983 and today the appellation has 15,000 vineyard acres. Chardonnay is the most widely planted grape though Pinot Noir has also been very successful in recent decades. Russian River Valley Pinot Noir are known for being rich, lush and filled with concentrated fruit and berry flavors. Russian River Pinot Noirs are today considered some of the best domestic Pinot Noirs.

TYPE

White Wine, Chardonnay

This white variety originated in Burgundy, but is now grown around the world. Its flexibility to thrive in many regions translates to wide flavor profile in the market. Chardonnay is commonly used in making Champagne and sparkling wines.