Ramey - Chardonnay - Fort Ross-Seaview
Overview: The Fort Ross – Seaview vineyard was planted in 1982, and this will be the ninth vintage made up mostly by the Martinelli Charles Ranch fruit. It has been in the Martinelli family since the 1800's. The vineyard is roughly two ridges from the ocean and nearly doubles the amount of rain that is received in the Russian River Valley. The vines are planted upon a bed of Goldridge sandstone, and Josephine shale. After harvest the grapes are whole-cluster pressed, then undergo full native malolactic fermentation in barrel with sur lies bâtonnage. After aging 12 months in 12% new French oak barrels (François Frères and Taransaud Beaune), the Chardonnay was traditionally fined and bottled without filtration. “Coming from a special vineyard site, our Sonoma Coast Chardonnays show great depth of flavor, length of finish, aromatic complexity, and a fine balance between richness and delicacy. This vineyard has typically cool climates, low vigor soil, and a vine selection that generate small berries, small clusters and inherently low yields.” – David Ramey
Tasting Notes: Aromatically the wine smells of warm buttered popcorn, melon, lemon, and white stones. On the palate, the wine is filled with ripe stone fruits, roasted almonds, and a lively wealth of acidity.
Pairing: Garlic shrimp, vegetable terrines
Points: 93, Wine Spectator
Format / ABV: 750 ml/13.0%
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