96 points Wine Enthusiast
From a site in the heart of the appellation farmed by the Martinelli family, this wine is sparkling in acidity and crisp well-defined flavors of lemon rind and green apple. It explodes in apple blossom and jasmine aromas, with lovely balanced richness and body weight, the oak lending a layering of baking spice.
95+ Points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2016 Chardonnay Woolsey Road Vineyard is whole-cluster pressed, fermented in barrel with bâtonnage and aged 19 months in 20% new French oak. Scented of apricot, lemon, almonds and honey toast, it has a core of melon and baked Golden Delicious apple with pretty floral perfume. Medium to full-bodied, notes of orange blossom and lemon segue into tangy Greek yogurt with nutty nuances and a touch of honeycomb. It's juicy in the mouth with lively acidity and a very long, savory finish with beautiful phenolic texture.
94 Points from Vinous
The 2016 Chardonnay Woolsey Road Vineyard is one of the more overt wines in the range. Dense and exotic in the glass, it is rich, oily and immediately captivating. It will appeal most to readers who enjoy extroverted Chardonnays. Even with all of its richness, the Woolsey Road remains bright and nicely focused.
94 Points from Wine Spectator
Fine-edged, with crunchy green apple, ripe citrus and quince flavors, supported by zesty acidity. Toasty accents emerge on the buttery finish.
The Woosley vineyard was planted in 2007 by the Martinelli family in the Russian River valley, and Ramey Wine Cellars remains the only producer of Woolsey Vineyard. The vines grow upon Huichica clay loam soils above clay. After harvest, the grapes are whole-cluster pressed and undergo full native malolactic fermentation in barrel, with sur lies bâtonnage. The wines are then aged for 18 months in 26% new French oak barrels from François Frères/Taransaud. Aromatically, the wine is perfumed with apricots, lemon, golden apples, and honeysuckle. On the palate, the wine is nutty with hints of lemon zest, orange blossoms, and a touch of honeycomb. Says David Ramey: "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."
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