Ramey 2010 Chardonnay Russian River Valley

Name of wine:
 Ramey Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2010

(100% Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California) Alcohol 14.5%

Price paid:  $20 (375 ml)

Where purchased:  D and M Wine and Liquor Co., San Francisco, California

Tasting Notes and my Comments:  A nice, smooth chardonnay.  This red wine lover would choose this chard as a white wine option.  The oak character does become more pronounced as you sip this one.  A little bit of fizziness dances on the tip of the tongue.  Ramey’s got legs too!  Tasted August 19th, 2012.

Color:  Pale gold straw.

Nose:  Floral.  No butter and some oak detected.

Palate:  Soft with some acidity.  Creamy mouth feel and a long finish.  Low minerality.  Medium alcol.  Some citrus notes.

Food:  Enjoy with parchment salmon, sharp cheeses, and artichokes.

Winemaker notes:

David Ramey is known as a pioneer in California winemaking. He brings old world traditions to the West coast.

From the Ramey website:

“David Ramey is widely acknowledged to be among the wine pioneers whose efforts helped raise the bar for all American winemakers and brought California to the forefront of the international wine world. David’s groundbreaking work with indigenous yeasts and malolactic and barrel fermentation yielded a new California style that was richer, more lush and silky smooth than previously known. As a result, he created a benchmark style now emulated by many.

“Ramey Wine Cellars, which David owns with his wife, Carla, was founded in 1996. Currently, David continues to “swing for the fences,” as he likes to say. To make great wines, he takes chances, harvesting his grapes at the last possible moment and using methods in the cellar that his former college professors consider risky at best. The resulting wines are praised among colleagues, consumers and the media alike.”


The Russian River Valley AVA is located in Sonoma County, California.  This cool climate growing region gets morning fog from the Pacific Ocean as well.  Some of the West Coast’s best Chardonnay’s and Pinot Noir’s come from here.

When you drink white wine do you choose a chardonnay?  If so, which one??

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