Ramey "Woolsey Road Vineyard" Chardonnay 2017 (Russian River Valley, California) - [WE 96] [JD 94] [WA 94]

Ramey "Woolsey Road Vineyard" Chardonnay 2017
(Russian River Valley, California) - [WE 96] [JD 94] [WA 94]


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Notes from the Winemaker:
This vineyard is owned by the Martinelli family and was planted to our specifications in 2007. It lies directly south of their winery on Woolsey Road. Vines are spaced one meter by two meters. Rootstock is the low-vigor 420A and the vines are cane pruned. We press whole clusters for phenolic delicacy (low tannins). Native yeast and full native malolactic fermentations take place in barrel, with sur lies bâtonnage. After 20 months in 20% new François Frères French oak barrels, this Chardonnay was lightly fined and bottled without filtration in June 2019.

Ratings & Reviews

96 Points - Wine Enthusiast:
"From a site farmed by the Martinelli family to the producer's specifications, this white is quenching in a depth of acidity, with cool-climate freshness throughout. Gravenstein apple, clove, Meyer lemon and nutmeg provide a lush richness that finishes elegantly balanced." - Virginie Boon (December 2020)

94 Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
"Seeing 20 months in 20% new barrels, the 2017 Chardonnay Woolsey Road Vineyard offers plenty of brioche and white flower nuances to go with rocking levels of Meyer lemon and tart pineapple fruit. It's rich, concentrated, and powerful on the palate, yet also has a racy spine of acidity that just about hits the tart level, yet never goes over the edge. This rocking Russian River Valley Chardonnay is going to benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and keep for over a decade. It's beautiful but needs short-term cellaring." (May 2020)

94 Points - Vinous Media:
"The 2017 Chardonnay Woolsey Road Vineyard is a racy wine endowed with terrific richness. Lemon confit, white flowers, mint and tropical overtones all grace this unctuous, deeply layered Chardonnay. The balance of textural intensity and freshness is simply compelling. The 2017 is so expressive today." (January 2020)