Ramey Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2019 + ZYN Wooden Box
This Chardonnay shows excellent flavour depth, finish length, aromatic complexity, and a delicate balance between richness and delicacy. The wine originates from cool sites in the Russian River Valley, with low vigour soil such as Goldridge Loam, planted between 1978 and 2006. The vineyards are mostly planted to UC Davis Clone 4, known for its prominent acidity and large clusters, with lesser percentages of Wente and aromatic clones like Rued. Heat in early September 2019 gave everything a little push before a significant cooling trend slowed the harvest pace.
95 Points - Wine Enthusiast
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 and Rochioli Allen.
93 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
The 2019 Chardonnay Russian River Valley is fresh, with a ripe, classic character of peach, toasted spice, and flinty reduction. The palate offers more concentration, with notes of green apple and pear, although it is driven with acidity.
92 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2019 Chardonnay Russian River Valley has gregarious scents of baked apples and apricot with wafts of baking spice and roasted almonds. The medium-bodied palate offers expansive fruits and refreshing acidity, finishing long and energetic.