2020 Ramey Fort Ross Seaview Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
David has mastered Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley and defined Chardonnay from Sonoma. He professed “chardonnay is the red of whites.” Eventually, he would settle in Sonoma County developing his own brand and David Ramey winery in 1996. Within Russian River Valley, David would fine-tune his expertise in crafting exquisite single-vineyard Chardonnay. He was exposed to French culture and winemaking techniques during his first internship in France, which would leave a lasting impression on David’s winemaking techniques and style.
The fruit for this cool climate Chardonnay is sourced from the Martinelli Charles Ranch, two miles inward from the Pacific Ocean. The pale yellow color opens with a bouquet of fresh ginger and beeswax. There is a vibrancy in the core showcasing star fruits, lemon-lime zest and a crisp sea salt expression. It lingers on the palate with mouth-watering acidity leading to a bright finish.
By W Peter Hoyne