2014 North Coast
pH: 3.45 Total Acidity 6.1g/liter Alcohol:
Sulfur Dioxide: 28 ppm Total Sulfur Dioxide: 73 ppm
seems like a wonderful year to add Chardonnay to our line of Ramsay wines.
It was an absolutely picture perfect harvest and a spectacular year to make a
debut of my new favorite wine.
For years we used to make a big rich buttery, and very good, Chardonnay under
other brands. I always enjoyed the wines and we got rave reviews,
wonderful comments and lots of sales….but as time passed, my tastes changed
and I found myself liking that style less and less. Finally I quit making
the wine on the theory that “if you don’t drink a wine you should not be
making it.” That said, I still love the flavors of the Chardonnay grape
and have spent much time over the last few years understanding what I like about
the grape and what I don’t—-and then translating that into the bottle.
With this wine, I think I have it. My favorite Chardonnay wines come from
Chablis. I love the austerity and mineralality of the region, along with
the terroir-induced restraint of “fruitiness”. Making this type
of Chardonnay in California is a test. It took a long time to find a
combination of vineyards that gave me what I wanted, but with this wine, I think
I hit on the perfect combination of grapes!
The 2014 Ramsay Chardonnay is a great example of balance between rich mouth
filling mineralogy and restrained fruit. It is clean and crisp and flinty
and yet has just the kind of fruit that goes with those structural
characteristics—think of what lavender would taste like if you couldn’t
smell it, or perhaps rose petals, yet there are wonderful wisps and hints …
honeysuckle, apricot. All in a beautiful balance.
Honestly, I am thrilled with this wine. We have been cooking food lately
just to see what matches best…..sole, shrimp, sushi, salad. It is a
perfect match for clean and healthy faire.
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