2014 Chardonnay, Ram's Gate Estate

Winemaking Notes

Ram's Gate Estate
11 months on lees in one-third new French oak
6-8 years
95 points, Connoisseurs' Guide




Per Bottle

Ratings & Reviews

  • 95 Points, Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
    Among the bigger and richer Chardonnays of the Ram’s Gate lot, but a wine that is as composed and carefully balanced as it is weighty and well-filled, this mouthfilling effort teams plentiful, ripe apple fruit with a tailored complement of sweet oak and subtle suggestions of lees. It is a complete and involving wine at the moment, and it will disappoint no one who opts for hasty drinking, yet it has a rare sense of reserve that augers well for the future and makes a most compelling case for another few years of waiting.

Tasting Notes

The second release from the Ram’s Gate Estate Faultline Vineyard is our own clonal selection, a composition of five unique clones co-harvested and co-fermented before aging eleven months in French oak. Its unassuming, graceful personality showcases complementary aspects of the grape’s varietal character, from perfumed Musqué aromas to classic stone fruit notes from the Wente and Dijon clones. On the nose, honeysuckle and barely ripe lychee carry to the palate, where the fruit takes center stage alongside a saline, mineral character. The full-bodied yet understated wine finishes cleanly and distinctly.