This Chardonnay is exclusive to Ramey; you will not find Woolsey Rd Vineyard anywhere else. Owned by the Martinelli family, the vineyard was planted specifically for us in 2007 to our specifications. It lies directly south of their winery on Woolsey Road. Vines are spaced at 6.5 x 3 feet. Rootstock is the low-vigor 420A and the vines, old Wente cuttings from Hyde Vineyard, are cane pruned.
2017 began with a very wet winter. The summer was mild until a significant heatwave around Labor Day. Afterward, temperatures were warm and steady, allowing winemakers to make picking decisions based on optimal fruit maturity rather than impending weather. Yields were average to light. Fruit quality ranged from great to exceptional, with well-preserved acids.
We press whole clusters for phenolic delicacy (low tannins). Native yeast and full native malolactic fermentations take place in barrel, with sur lies bâtonnage. Aging After 20 months in 20% new François Frères French oak barrels, this Chardonnay was lightly fined and bottled without filtration in June 2019.
769 Cases produced.
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. Typically, the climate is cool and the soil vigor low, producing graceful yet vibrant wines. This is our fifth bottling from this unique vineyard.
This Chardonnay is powerful and well-structured, featuring concentrated Gala apple and white cherry flavors, backed by fresh acidity.