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Ramey Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay 2010

Chardonnay from Russian River, California

Price: $59.99
Item No. 126774
  • V95
  • ST93
  • WS91
Style: Rich & Creamy

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

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Winemaker's Notes

Ramey Wines Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay walks the fine line between richness and delicacy. Fully mature grapes made a wine of plush richness, though the cool vintage ensured racy acidity. It has a great mouthfeel that balances power and elegance that chardonnay can provide.

Critical Acclaim

"The 2010 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard is a bit brighter and more focused than the Hudson. There is a sense of energy and focus in the 2010 that is remarkable. Sweet floral and spiced notes resonate on the finish. Saline overtones add to an impression of briskness and raw energy, especially on the finish. This is another fabulous showing."
95 Points

"Light, bright gold. Complex, high-pitched aromas of Meyer lemon, nectarine and honeysuckle, with a stony accent building with air. Precise, intense and palate-staining, showing impressive energy and lift to its citrus and orchard fruit flavors. Elegant, nuanced and seamless with lively acidity adding bite to a long, focused finish."
93 Points

"Pure and refreshing, with vibrant, spicy citrus, green apple and Asian pear flavors, gaining richness and ending with delicacy. Drink now through 2019."
91 Points

"The lively, bright character of Ritchie Vineyard fruit comes roaring through in the tight, floral-tinged, Gala apple aromas on offer here, and that fruit, with its blend of somewhat juicy character on the one hand and solid, firm, ageworthy structure underneath on the other makes the wine into a full-blown success. It finds some extra richness from a dollop of crème brulée oakiness, and like its mates, will improve with cellaring."
91 Points

Learn About Ramey Map ItMap It

Following winemaking posts at Rudd, Dominus, Chalk Hill and Matanzas Creek, David Ramey and his wife, Carla began their own label in 1996 - a Chardonnay from the Hyde Vineyard. Now situated in downtown Healdsburg, Ramey Wine Cellars draws on exceptional vineyards in both Napa and Sonoma to fashion classically-styled Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay using traditional old world techniques.

Learn About Russian River

The Russian River Valley is named as such due to its proximity to the Russian River, the river itself named for the Russian fur traders who came down from Alaska in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The Russian River is agricultural land. While there is a focus on wine, beyond the vineyards are many small, family-owned farms cultivating everything from cattle to...

Read More About Russian River

Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

Read More About Chardonnay

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