Pale, bright lemon-yellow. Complex nose hints at lemon, clove and minerals. Vinous and penetrating, with strong lemony acidity and a serious mineral spine giving the palate superb energy but keeping the wine tight in the early going. Finishes a bit phenolic, with terrific grip to support a slow evolution in bottle. This, too, needs time in the cellar. (ST)
**#38 in Wine Spectator's Top 100 of 2016** Shows amazing vibrancy and purity of flavor, brimming with juicy, lemon-scented green apple, white peach and tangerine notes, enlivened by zesty acidity and a long, persistent aftertaste that maintains focus and depth. Drink now through 2020. 1,250 cases made.
From a famous terroir comes the 2013 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard, which was planted in 1972 and possesses some of the oldest Chardonnay vines in Northern California. The wine has lemon custard notes intermixed with orange marmalade and honeysuckle in a medium to full-bodied, refreshing style. Drink now-2020. Under the Ramey label, David Ramey has always done a top-notch job with Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon as well as Syrah, although he rarely gets enough credit for the latter. There are two generic Chardonnay offerings. (RP)
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