2016 Ramey Chardonnay Woolsey Road Vineyard

- 750 ml
96
WE
Availability: In Stock
$64.95
Availability: In stock
Product ID
88946-750-AI

Wine Critic Reviews:

From a site in the heart of the appellation farmed by the Martinelli family, this wine is sparkling in acidity and crisp well-defined flavors of lemon rind and green apple. It explodes in apple blossom and jasmine aromas, with lovely balanced richness and body weight, the oak lending a layering of baking spice.

Wine Enthusiast | 96 WE
The 2016 Chardonnay Woolsey Road Vineyard is whole-cluster pressed, fermented in barrel with bâtonnage and aged 19 months in 20% new French oak. Scented of apricot, lemon, almonds and honey toast, it has a core of melon and baked Golden Delicious apple with pretty floral perfume. Medium to full-bodied, notes of orange blossom and lemon segue into tangy Greek yogurt with nutty nuances and a touch of honeycomb. It's juicy in the mouth with lively acidity and a very long, savory finish with beautiful phenolic texture. 761 cases produced, to be released in October 2019.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 95 RP
The 2016 Chardonnay Woolsey Road Vineyard is one of the more overt wines in the range. Dense and exotic in the glass, it is rich, oily and immediately captivating. It will appeal most to readers who enjoy extroverted Chardonnays. Even with all of its richness, the Woolsey Road remains bright and nicely focused.

Vinous Media | 94 VM
Fine-edged, with crunchy green apple, ripe citrus and quince flavors, supported by zesty acidity. Toasty accents emerge on the buttery finish. Drink now through 2025. 761 cases made.

Wine Spectator | 93 WS
Another Russian River release, the 2016 Chardonnay Woolsey Road Vineyard offers an exotic, complex bouquet of caramelized lemon zest, chamomile, and spice as well as a medium-bodied, round, nicely textured style on the palate. As with all of David’s wines, it has a solid spine of acidity as well as terrific balance.

Jeb Dunnuck | 92 JD

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Availability In Stock
Vintage 2016
Format 750 ml
Color White
Country US: As one of the most prolific and innovative wine regions in the world, America is a joy to explore. Most wine connoisseurs will agree that the nation's finest and most compelling wines are being produced today, which means that we have front-row seats to one of the most inspirational stories in wine history. While other regions tend to focus on specific wine styles and have somewhat strict rules as to which varietals you could grow, areas like California have few such restrictions in place. As a result, creative visionaries behind America's most reputable estates have been able to develop compelling, unique, and innovative styles, with a level of terroir expression that rivals even France's largest giants.
Producer Ramey: Ramey takes its name from esteemed wine genius David Ramey, a man who almost singlehandedly revolutionized Californian winemaking. It seems like every varietal he touches turns to gold, and we're not talking about the color of his exceptional Chardonnays. Whether your compass points toward Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah, there's a bottle of Ramey with your name on it somewhere out there. The winery's success is a result of many positive factors. Being able to combine Old World lessons with innovative New World ideas is a skill not all winemakers possess. Couple that with the family's seemingly endless devotion to classically-styled, beautiful wines, and you have a recipe for success. If you have the patience to wait several years, your reward will be a wine you'll remember forever.
Rating 96 WE
Region California: With a history of wine production that dates back to the 18th century, California currently sits as one of the world's most prolific and reputable wine regions. With an area as vast as California, you can expect a colorful collage of terroir profiles, a series of microclimates, and micro-environments that give the wine a unique, memorable appeal. The region's produce is far from homogenized in that sense, and it would take you countless hours to sample all of it. While the region boasts scars from the Prohibition era, it went through what can only be described as a viticultural Renaissance sometime after the 1960s. At that point, California went from a port-style, sweet wine region to a versatile and compelling competitor on the world market. Today, no matter which way your taste in wine leans, you can find a new favorite producer among California's most talented. Notable sub-regions include legendary names like Napa Valley and Sonoma County, places that any wine lover would die to visit. California's quintessential warm climate allows for incredibly ripe fruit expressions, a style that provides a stark contrast to Old World-inspired, earthy classics. Even where inspiration was clearly taken from staple French appellations, Californian winemakers put their own unique spin on the wine.
Type of Wine California White: If you're in the mood for a creative, compelling white wine, few regions can compete with California, and it's immense varietal diversity. With the pure, potent essence of grapes such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, and Pinot Gris, these wines will stimulate your senses and arouse your intellect. Give in, and enjoy.
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Varietal Chardonnay: Isn't just the most popular white wine in the world - it's angelic. Anyone with a developed taste for fine wine would struggle to maintain composure after tasting some of the stronger vintages of this masterpiece. Aside from France and the United States, you can expect to encounter bottles from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina, Italy, Chile, and quite a few others. Every region that produces quality Chardonnay tends to add their own spin to it by including a lot of delicious fruits and changing up their techniques
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