New Release Spotlight: 2019 Chardonnay, Cellar Note
At Ram’s Gate Winery, we know Chardonnay is the Holy Grail of white wines.
There is a reason there are more than 93,000 acres of California vineyards dedicated to the varietal's growth, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s annual report.
Chardonnay lovers are devoted to its craft and the resulting dry, medium to full-bodied wine that delights the senses.
With moderate acidity and alcohol, Chardonnay is easy to sip at lunch with a salad or with a lovely chicken or fish dinner.
Our 2019 Chardonnay, Cellar Note is no exception, and it is now available for everyone to enjoy!
What Can I Expect from the Ram’s Gate 2019 Chardonnay, Cellar Note?
Our Ram’s Gate 2019 Chardonnay, Cellar Note reflects all the attributes a Sonoma wine has to offer, including its superb balance that maintains an excellent concentration of fruit.
This exciting Chardonnay is produced from three distinct vineyards that reflect 2019’s consistently warm growing season, which began with an early canopy growth that produced an equitable crop that maintained its vigor through harvest.
The combination includes fruit from Flax Vineyard (64%), El Diablo Vineyard (18%), and our Estate Vineyard (18%), and includes small amounts of Montrachet clone, which combined perfectly with flavors of stone fruit and the bright acidity of a Robert Young clone, with its finishing length and dimension courtesy of Mt. Eden clone and clone 98.
On the nose, this impressive Chardonnay opens with the baking spice of anise, fennel, and chamomile.
Traces of stone fruit follow, opening to a small cross-section of barrels from our Estate Vineyard that bring both length and dimension to its precise acidity and depth.
Our Cellar Note series is a cuvée of the vintage that allows us to demonstrate the signature characteristics that differentiate between what makes a Chardonnay, and what makes a hallmark Ram’s Gate Chardonnay.
The result is a striking Sonoma wine. And we are not the only ones who think so.
What are Critics Saying About Our 2019 Chardonnay, Cellar Note?
Not all Chardonnay is created equal, and this Sonoma wine is no exception.
It has been aged for 11 months in 29% new French oak, presenting a balance of 14% alcohol by volume, which directly led to an exciting rating of 93 points from Wine Enthusiast.
Jeb Dunnuck gave it 94 points, saying, “The 2019 Chardonnay, Cellar Note is a cellar selection made to represent the overall vintage as a whole. It's another light-hued chardonnay offering more Meyer lemon, poached pear, tart citrus, and mango-like aromatics, and it's racy, vivid, and pure on the palate, with medium body and a bright spine of acidity. It's a beautiful wine.”