Ramey Wine Oakville
David Ramey has had a vast winemaking influence on the style of a number of leading producers, among them CHALK HILL and RUDD ESTATE, where he is still the general manager. Under his own Ramey label he produces remarkably fine Chardonnay, impressive for its finesse, intensity and sheer quality as much as for its weight and texture. While the same gamut of winery techniques may be employed here as elsewhere – natural yeast fermentation, lees-enrichment, new oak for barrelfermentation and ageing et al. – the key to these wines is their sheer balance and refinement. Of the single-vineyard bottlings the Hudson has greater weight, the Hyde a tighter, more mineral structure. Two other similarly priced single vineyard examples also emerge from Platt Vineyard on the Sonoma Coast and from the Ritchie Vineyard in the Russian River AVA. Recently added to the Chardonnays are some first-class reds. The Napa Valley Claret red comes from a number of sites. There are four Cabernet Sauvignons, ranging in price from the Napa Valley example (£F) to the top label coming from the Pedregal Vineyard in Oakville (£H). Premium priced Cabernet Franc emerges from a mix of Oakville and other Napa fruit sources and there are two Syrahs; an economically priced example from the Sonoma Coast (£E) and pricier one (£F) from the Russian River Valley Cole Creek Vineyard. (DM)
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