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Ramey Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2021

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Vintage: 2021
  • WS 94
  • WE 95
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Ramey Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2021 is an exquisite creation from the renowned Ramey Wine Cellars, guided by the expert hand of winemaker David Ramey. Crafted from a careful selection of vineyards, including Westside Farms, Kilcullen, Dutton Sebastopol, Martinelli Charles Ranch, and Frank Johnson, this wine captures the essence of the Russian River Valley.

In the glass, Ramey Chardonnay unveils a radiant golden hue, reminiscent of the sun-drenched vineyards where the grapes were nurtured. The aromas dance gracefully from the glass, offering a bouquet of crisp apple, delicate pastry crust, and vibrant lemon curd. These enticing scents are underpinned by a subtle hint of oak, adding depth and complexity to the wine.

On the palate, this Chardonnay showcases a remarkable balance between its lively acidity and a medium body, resulting in a wine that is both agile and relaxed. The flavors of juicy apple, zesty citrus, and a touch of tropical fruit tantalize the taste buds. The wine’s rich texture provides a luxurious mouthfeel, while the snappy acidity keeps it fresh and invigorating. As the wine unfolds, a creamy-tangy finish lingers, leaving a lasting impression of pure indulgence.

With critical acclaim echoing its brilliance, Ramey Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2021 has garnered 95 points from Wine Enthusiast. It embodies a vibrant concentration of flavors that harmonize seamlessly, displaying the wine’s exceptional balance. The layered notes of lemon curd, pastry crust, and crisp apple interplay with the lively acidity, creating a truly captivating experience.

Wine Spectator awarded this wine an impressive 94 points, acknowledging its stunning power and complexity. The palate is graced with flavors of luscious lemon curd, fragrant lime blossom, and vibrant mandarin orange. Subtle nuances of freshly grated ginger and lemon verbena add intrigue, while a touch of sea salt minerality adds depth. The finish is a crescendo of toasted green tea, citrus zest, and a whisper of white pepper, leaving an enduring impression.

Ramey Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2021 is a testament to the winery’s commitment to excellence, embodying the artistry of David Ramey. It is a wine that captivates the senses, inviting you to savor each sip and appreciate the harmonious symphony of flavors.

75 reviews for Ramey Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2021

  1. Gilbert Stearns

    Light and fragrant with lemon/citrus notes and a mineral finish. Easy and pleasant to drink.

  2. Larry Perry

    Creamy with a great palate attack. Polished and sophisticated with a focused taste. Smoke on the nose and palate.

  3. Willie Collins

    Light-bodied non-oak Chardonnay with minerality and a lemony edge, pleasant and drinkable.

  4. Nancy Hatherly

    Light to medium-bodied and texturally interesting with creamy-smooth entry and bright acid. Notes of lemon/lime, noble pear, and subdued tropical fruit on the finish. Delicious now and for several years to come. 89-90P.

  5. Kandice Woodbury

    Clear yellow color, better on night 2. Stone, lemon rind, oyster shells on nose. West stone, lemon on palate. Medium body, medium+ acidity, long finish. 90+/-

  6. Lori Turbyfill

    Satisfying value wine with lemon, apple, and mineral notes. Paired well with grilled Dijon mustard and panko-crusted walleye.

  7. Florence Farmer

    Approachable chardonnay with notes of citrus, flowers, and fruit. Light buttery finish. Perfect with Thai food. Ideal summer wine.

  8. Fannie Bryant

    Smooth with notes of pineapple and pear, balanced with a nice spice note. Excellent finish. Perfect with crab cakes. Ramey never disappoints.

  9. Ernest Rhea

    Lush fruit with precision and focus. Punches above its weight. Competes with similar Burgundy wines. 91+.

  10. Joseph Mason

    Well-made wine with citrus, subtle floral notes, and a nice acidity. Bright with less creaminess on the finish. Great value at $30. Perfect with spicy scallop roll.

  11. Byron Elliott

    Pale lemon color with tropical fruit, pineapple, and mango notes. Medium body with a well-balanced, long finish. Excellent value and complexity for the price.

  12. Richard Bueter

    Citrus, lemon, and tropical fruit flavors. Refreshing.

  13. Thomas Similien

    Appearance: Clear yellow gold. Aroma: Light buttery oak, pear, nutmeg. Taste: Subtle oak, spiciness, citrus, melon, butter cream. Finish: Mineral and saltine cracker. Best when warmed up.

  14. Christopher Coleman

    Lively lemon acidity complemented the creamy roast duck jambalaya at Dauphinoise.

  15. Florence Schempp

    Rich Chardonnay with notes of coconut cream pie, apricot marmalade, and lemon meringue. Smooth and tongue-drying palate.

  16. Wayne Crump

    Approachable, drinkable Chardonnay with subtle fruit. Cheers.

  17. James Milano

    Balanced, everyday Chardonnay. Love it!

  18. Mary Robillard

    Creamy and fruity with a tight and focused palate. Native yeast and malo with tons of dry extract. Serious wine that will show its stuff in 2-3 years. Tastes like burgundy.

  19. Adam Hart

    Well-crafted California chardonnay, lacks acidity and finish but still delicious.

  20. Mildred Petersen

    Review: A delightful change from my usual Sonoma Coast/Fort Ross Seaview pick. Rich with a creamy finish, yet still fresh. Will definitely buy again.

  21. Carlos Sermersheim

    WSET Level 3 Still Wines; Appearance: Med lemon, Nose: Med(+) intensity; Notes of apple, pear, apricot, peach, nectarine, flint, coconut, dried fruit, Palate: Dry; Med(+) acid; High alcohol (14.5%); Med(+) body; Med(+) intensity; Notes of apple, pear, apricot, peach, nectarine, flint, coconut, dried fruit (and an almost oily texture); Med(+) finish, Quality: Very good, Drink now; Suitable for aging.

  22. Michael Switzer

    Complex with balanced acidity, retains California roots with elegance.

  23. Frank Jodoin

    Crisp.

  24. Wanda Trejo

    Bright, fresh, and crisp with spicy floral notes. Pair with seafood for amplified enjoyment.

  25. Cathy Smith

    Ramey exceeds expectations with great QPR.

  26. Lamar Conte

    Clear yellow wine with tropical pineapple and lemon-lime aromas, velvety acidity, and flavors of crème brûlée. Exceptionally food-friendly.

  27. Susan Hinesley

    Excellent value for money.

  28. Rudolph Thompkins

    Top chardonnay pick.

  29. Martha Billings

    “Great value and a favorite at home.”

  30. Paul Holland

    Fresh with good acidity and oak characteristics. Versatile with food pairing.

  31. Penny Chiesa

    Good, but overhyped. Complex nose with grassy and orchard-fruit aromas, followed by floral notes. Dominated by fresh acidity with a little lushness. Best with food.

  32. William Willingham

    Prominent minerality, tart lemon, white peach, and dry pineapple with minimal oak and medium+ acidity.

  33. Douglas Gay

    Excellent Chardonnay.

  34. Harriet Mckinney

    Citrus, Asian pear, butterscotch notes. Medium-plus acidity.

  35. Shea Carmichael

    Overpriced, light gold color, tamer than Sandhi Chard from last week, lacks depth.

  36. Judy Williamson

    Buttery and oaky with medium plus acidity. A fuller and rounder wine aged for 15 months in 15% new oak, sourced from warmer sites. Tasted at the winery.

  37. Teresa Atkinson

    Average chardonnay with tropical fruit notes, subtle oak and citrus finish.

  38. Alphonso Nguyen

    Great with shrimp and pasta.

  39. Daryl Reyes

    Go-to wine.

  40. Jeff Barry

    Excellent chardonnay with pasta and grilled shrimp.

  41. Rose Bond

    Excellent Chardonnay, graceful and pure fruit with no oak detected. Reminiscent of Riesling. Will rebuy.

  42. Barbara Sloan

    Consistently nice Cali chard, but underwhelming compared to its ratings.

  43. Claudia Theus

    Slightly less tart with subtle oak and mineral notes on the finish.

  44. David Sanmartin

    Great value for money at $43. Depth, fruit, balance, and finish are impressive even at this level. Compared to Raeburn chard ($23), it’s a nice package without oak-chipy off finish.

  45. Agnes Lambert

    Chardonnay with honeysuckle, lemon, and a hint of pineapple. Citrus notes on the palate with a medium finish. Best paired with lobster risotto as a food wine, not recommended for drinking on its own.

  46. Laura Bobo

    Well-made Chardonnay with stone fruit, brioche, and roasted almond notes on the nose. Lemon peel, baked apple, and tangerine on the palate with a touch heavy-handed French oak. Good acidity and wet stone minerality on the finish.

  47. Nora Story

    Fresh and crisp with notes of orchard fruit, lemon peel, crushed almond, and a hint of spritz. Best enjoyed after aging for 2-3 years.

  48. James Boes

    Medium golden yellow with lemon, papaya, hazelnut, and spice notes. Medium acidity and a medium plus finish with a lovely texture, although the heat was slightly noticeable.

  49. Michael Gaskins

    Drinkable.

  50. Erika Horn

    Delicious wine with Meyer lemon, Jonathan apple, oak, and lively acidity. Hints of minerality.

  51. Mabel Schwendemann

    Brilliant wine, needs decanting or overnight Andouzing.

  52. Martha Nagy

    High-quality white wine with a lemon, flint, pear and mineral nose. Dry and refreshing finish.

  53. Stephanie Mckenzie

    Oak relaxed, creme brulee and roasted hazelnut notes on nose and finish. Dense and limpid texture, with pear and Meyer lemon tones. Great stuff.

  54. Jason Holmes

    Great wine.

  55. Athena Gordo

    Impressively textured with great grip and structure. Offers a beautiful nose of lime, lemon, tangerines with subtle oak. Cutting acidity from start to long finish. 18/20.

  56. Kenneth Cayea

    Perfect with French Gruyere cheese.

  57. Andrew Williams

    Top-notch Sonoma Chardonnay from David Ramey for $30. Perfect with butter garlic shrimp spaghetti.

  58. James Vasser

    Full-bodied with expressive yellow fruits, good acidity, a touch of sweetness, and a hint of fatness. Beautifully crafted.

  59. Kathleen Oliver

    Delightful “old world” Chard with balanced Cali fruit. Bright acidity, rounded mouth feel. Mostly orchard fruit with a citrus finish. David Ramey delivers again.

  60. Frederick Blalock

    “Initial blow due to high alcohol but settles nicely. Good wine.”

  61. Clifton Ingram

    Review: Disappointing. Too acidic.

  62. Jeffrey Tarantino

    Review: Ramey Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2019 – Good but not worth repurchasing.

  63. Joseph Wynn

    2018 batch has a weighty body with lemon and honeysuckle notes. Added brioche on a longer finish.

  64. Michael Thurlow

    Overwhelming lemon flavor, best paired with lemon shrimp.

  65. Ruth Kamen

    Full-bodied with a lovely nose of vanilla, butter, and pineapple. Balanced acidity and lemon notes keep it fresh despite evident oak.

  66. Mayra Hutchison

    Too much oak compared to previous bottle.

  67. Laura Martin

    Elegant and nuanced, with refreshing palate, moderate alcohol, and well-integrated oak in the background. Sour lime dominates with fresh pear and vanilla notes. Good effort overall, but not as complex with a lingering finish.

  68. James Clemmons

    Epic Imports portfolio tasting: Westside Farms (45%), Kilcullen (20%), Dutton Sebastopol (10%), Frank Johnson (10%), Rochioli Alen (9%), Butcher (6%). Natural yeasts, French oak maturation for 12 months, unfined and unfiltered. Smooth, elegant, nutty with citrus notes, high acidity, long finish.

  69. Anthony Martin

    Elegant and fresh classic Ramey chard. Excellent.

  70. Ralph Varney

  71. Jennifer Torres

    Excellent value for money Chardonnay.

  72. David Silva

    Beautiful chardonnay with Burgundian style. Notes of preserved lemon, lively acidity, medium finish. Benefits from an hour decanting and will age well for 2-3 years.

  73. Rosemarie Burns

    Notes of apricot, honey, mineral, saline, herb with firm acidity and toasty oak on the close. Well done.

  74. Elizabeth Vang

    Delightful wine with oak, vanilla, and citrus notes.

  75. Faith Brennan

    This white Burgundy won the second wave of six wines and fooled all 11 tasters into thinking it was a Burgundy.

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Critical Acclaim

WS 94
Wine Spectator
This powerful version offers mouthwatering lemon curd, lime blossom and mandarin orange flavors that show notes of fresh-grated ginger and lemon verbena. Sea salt minerality gains momentum on the finish, where grace notes of toasted green tea, citrus zest and white pepper linger.
WE 95
Wine Enthusiast
Both agile and relaxed, this well balanced, vibrant and concentrated wine carries layers of crisp apple, pastry crust and lemon curd on snappy acidity that complements a fairly rich texture and medium body. Its creamy-tangy finish lingers a long time

What does Ramey Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2021 taste like?


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Bold
Dry
Sweet
Soft
Acidic
Earthy Flavors of the wine

leather, earthy, mushroom

Red Fruit flavors of the wine

cherry, raspberry, red fruit

Oaky Flavors of the wine

oak, tobacco, vanilla

apple, green apple, pear

Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

blackberry, plum, blueberry

Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

pepper, licorice, cinnamon

Citrus notes found in the wine

citrus, lemon, lemon zest

cheese, cream, oil

Vegetal notes found in the wine

tomato, grass, rhubarb

raisin, fig, dried fruit

tropical, pineapple, mango

Floral aromas found in the wine

potpourri, perfume, jasmine

Food Pairing with Ramey Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2021

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