Wednesday, December 7, 4p-7p

Some of you might already know the answer to the question. My favorite Chardonnay? Sure, that’s easy: Ramey Chardonnay.
I don’t tend to gravitate towards a glass of Chardonnay very often, but when I do, you can be sure that I go for Ramey Russian River Chardonnay.

I have said for years now that David Ramey of Ramey Wine Cellars might be one of the most talented wine makers in the entire country. David Ramey and Ramey Wine is dedicated to creating high quality, handcrafted wines with balance and richness from the area’s finest vineyards. It shows, too.

When I was talking to David about his wines once, he said, “It’s about a family of wines crafted for the now, but even better with age. Bold, but in check, sensual, these are wines in perfect balance.” And this doesn’t just apply to their Chardonnay. Ramey Cabernet is in a class of its own. Every time I pour myself a glass of wine with the Ramey seal on it, I always find myself going, “Wow.” It’s not easy creating a wine with such finesse, let alone have an entire portfolio of wines like Ramey Cellars does.

But back to the Chard. With the clear sunny days and cool evenings of 2013, it was a great vintage for this award-winning wine. The long, moderate growing season with extended hang time and even ripening resulted in a full range of flavors while retaining natural acidity.

Coming from special vineyard sites, Ramey Russian River Chardonnay shows great depth of flavor, length of finish, aromatic complexity and a fine balance between richness and delicacy. Notes of honey, apricot, mint, butter and dried flowers can be detected. In a sea full of wannabes, Ramey leads the pack.

BZ is bringing us George Stakos, Ramey’s National Sales Manager, to Shubie’s on Wednesday, December 7 from 4p-7p. We’ll be pouring the Russian River Chardonnay ($40/btl) plus these six other world-class Ramey releases:

Sidebar Sauvignon Blanc (David’s newest project)
Platt Chardonnay (Ramey’s other Chardonnay vineyard site)
Pinot Noir (90 points)
Cabernet (Dougy’s favorite!)
Syrah (93 points)
Annum Cabernet (94 points)