Ramey Wine Cellars Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay 2017

$67.99

 95+ points                                                          Another great chardonnay release from the master David Ramey. Get some while it's still available. 95+ points Jeb Dunnuck: "Seeing the standard 20 months in 20% new French oak, the 2017 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard comes from one of the Grand Cru sites in the Russian River Valley. It has remarkable purity and elegance to go with ample richness (which is the hallmark of this site) as well as notes of ripe lemon and citrus fruits, lots of spice and crushed rock-like minerality, medium to full-bodied richness, and a great finish. It's up with the top Chardonnay in the vintage but needs 2-3 years of bottle age. It's going to be drinking brilliantly at age 15." 94 Points Robert Parker:  "The 2017 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard is perfumed with soft white blossoms, quince, beeswax and a nutty undercurrent. Medium-bodied and super silky, it expands to perfumed peachy fruit in the mouth, segueing to bright acidity and nutty nuances on the very long, energetic finish. 683 cases produced."  

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Dr. Owen Bargreen Delectable Pro

The 2017 ‘Ritchie Vineyard’ Chardonnay is an incredible effort from this famed site in the Russian River Valley. Sourced from vines planted in 1972, the ’Ritchie Vineyard stands squarely in the center of the Russian River AVA. On the nose this takes on classy aromatics of baking spices and peat moss with layers of ripe orchard fruits and creme brulee tones that all mingle in the glass. The palate is wonderfully balanced with a seamless texture that makes this effortless glide across the mid-palate. Ripe mango and honeydew melon tones combine with shades of cinnamon dusted sourdough bred and lemon vanilla cream flavors. The vibrant minerality makes this nearly impossible to put down right now. Gorgeous in its youth, this brilliant new wine has a masisive aging potential ahead of it. Drink 2020-2035- 95

The 2017 ‘Ritchie Vineyard’ Chardonnay is an incredible effort from this famed site in the Russian River Valley. Sourced from vines planted in 1972, the ’Ritchie Vineyard stands squarely in the center of the Russian River AVA. On the nose this takes on classy aromatics of baking spices and peat moss with layers of ripe orchard fruits and creme brulee tones that all mingle in the glass. The palate is wonderfully balanced with a seamless texture that makes this effortless glide across the mid-palate. Ripe mango and honeydew melon tones combine with shades of cinnamon dusted sourdough bred and lemon vanilla cream flavors. The vibrant minerality makes this nearly impossible to put down right now. Gorgeous in its youth, this brilliant new wine has a masisive aging potential ahead of it. Drink 2020-2035- 95

9.5

Christopher Fedorchak

If you like oaked chardonnay, then this is wonderful. I do not like this style and prefer their low oaked chards. Nice oak on the nose. Citrus. Buttery and lots of oak in the palate.

If you like oaked chardonnay, then this is wonderful. I do not like this style and prefer their low oaked chards. Nice oak on the nose. Citrus. Buttery and lots of oak in the palate.

8.0

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