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White Wine

Ramey Wine Cellar, 2013 Platt Vineyard Chardonnay

135.00

Variety: Chardonnay

Region: Sonoma County

Vintage: 2013

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Where this wine comes from

“David Ramey is one of California’s best and most respected winemakers. In the early 1990s he

was the winemaker at Dominus, and then at Rudd. But for over a decade he has run his own

winery, sourcing fruit from outstanding vineyards. setting up his own label allowed him to return

to his first love: making Chardonnay.” - Stephen Brook

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After making wine at Château Pétrus, Dominus, Chalk Hill and Rudd Estate, David Ramey settled into his own brand in 1996 and focused on Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa and Chardonnay from Sonoma. The wines, as he says, are ‘bold, but in check’. They’re intense, vibrant and refined. Chardonnay has long been the apple of Ramey’s eye. He produces six: four vineyard designates plus appellational blends from the Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley. The only one from Napa is the Hyde Vineyard Carneros, and it was Larry Hyde who sold David and Carla Ramey their first load of grapes for their new brand nearly 20 years ago. Ritchie and Woolsey Road vineyards are in Russian River Valley, Platt on the Sonoma Coast.

In late 2012, the Rameys bought Westside Farms in Russian River Valley, near the famous Rochioli Vineyard. It’s their first vineyard acquisition, and grapes from the 17ha of Chardonnay there will go into the bottle with the 2013 vintage. A new winery and tasting room are also planned. Ramey embraces Old-World winemaking techniques and applies them, plus a modern twist or two, to sunny Californian fruit. ‘Kids don’t get trained that way anymore,’ he laments. Antonio Galloni - “It's hard to know where to begin with these wines from David Ramey, as there are so many highlights, but one common theme is the quality of the entry-level wines. The appellation-level Chardonnays, Pinot, Syrah and Claret all deliver serious quality for the money. As always, the Chardonnays are made in a rich, Burgundian-leaning style that emphasizes relatively long aging in barrel by California standards. The reds all capture a highly attractive stylistic middle ground that offers plenty of New World, California fruit wedded to an Old World sense of structure.”

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