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Ramey, Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2016
Russian River Valley
Coming from special vineyard sites, our Chardonnays show great depth of flavor, length of finish, aromatic complexity, and a fine balance between richness and delicacy.Â Typically, the climate is cool and the soil vigor low, producing graceful yet vibrant wines.
We press whole clusters for phenolic delicacy. Native-yeast and full native malolactic fermentation take place in barrel, with�sur lies b�tonnage.�After aging 12 months in 21% new French oak barrels (Fran�ois Fr�res, Taransaud, & Vicard), the Chardonnay was traditionally fined for clarity during the following harvest and bottled without filtration in February.
Ramey Wine Cellars�was founded in 1996 by�David Ramey�and his wife�Carla, after David had worked for almost two decades�creating benchmark wines for such wineries as Matanzas Creek, Chalk Hill, Dominus Estate and Rudd Estate. Located just off the town square in Healdsburg, the winery is perfectly placed to make use of the great�Sonoma�and�Carneros�terroir famous for the quality of their�Chardonnays. Ramey's philosophy is to make hand-crafted wines that see the marriage of an�terroir�and�Old World tradition with New World innovation and progress.�Over the years, David has helped pioneer traditional, artisan winemaking techniques in California.� His efforts have rippled through the winekamking community, helping to shape the way many wines in the United States are made today. His�groundbreaking work with indigenous yeasts, sur lies aging and malolactic and barrel fermentation yielded a new California style that was richer and more luscious than previously known. As a result, he created a benchmark style now emulated by many. In addition to the reputed and recognised wines produced in Healdsburg, the team have embarked on another project. Sidebar Cellars is the second label of David Ramey and Ramey Wine Cellars. It is the product of the Ramey team�s desire to have some fun and a little instant gratification while waiting for our Ramey bottlings to mature. The wines areclassically styled in keeping with the team's philosophy and tradition, remaining distinct from Ramey in its varietals and tempo. The varietals are invitingly fresh and satisfying in their youth.