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2009 Ramey Chardonnay "Hudson Vineyard"

Ramey 2009 Hudson Chardonnay

Winery: Ramey

Vintage: 2009

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Hudson Vineyard"

Wine Category: Chardonnay

Grape blend: 100% Chardonnay

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Carneros

State or country: CA

Price: $60

Cases produced: 970

KWG Score: 94.4 (based on 5 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (93)

Review date: July 6, 2012

Wine Review: This terrific yellow colored Chardonnay opens with honey and mild pear bouquet with a hint of peppermint. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied and wonderfully balanced between it fruit and mild acidity. The flavor profile is a really tasty mild Bosc pear with nicely integrated gentle old oak. It also displays hints of tangerine and toffee which add to its complexity. The finish is dry and its flavors linger for a while after the wine is gone. This Chard is impressive and will be a crowd pleaser. Serve it with sauteed veal with shrimp, mushroom, and brandy cream sauce. Yum! - Ken

Winemaker Notes: Located north of the Carneros Highway, 2.75 miles west of Hyde Vineyard, the terrain here is more rolling than that of Hyde, the soil lighter and more friable. This year’s bottling is the third to come entirely from B-block, planted in 2001 to a Wente selection from the Hyde Vineyard, so the vines were nine years old this vintage and further developing their maturity. Hudson Vineyard wines tend to a more muscular, masculine character—broad-shouldered, if you will.

Organic status: not organic

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