Having helped to make *Chalk Hill* and *Matanzas Creek* household names, David Ramey has been called the Father of Modern California Chardonnay. After graduating from UC Davis, David’s first job in the industry was ‘cleaning out the barrels’ at famed Bordeaux property *Chateau Pétrus* where his friendship with the Moueix Family would lead to becoming the winemaker for *Dominus*. He also worked for *Coche-Dury* and *Raveneau* in Burgundy. That is quite a résumé!
This is the one thing that I most adore about Ramey’s wines: His reds are so much about Bordeaux with California fruit, and his whites are so much about Burgundy. Those two regions have been historically antagonistic towards each other, so it’s really wild to see someone embody both those regions.
Antonio Galloni’s Vinous
“It’s hard to know where to begin with these wines from David Ramey, as there are so many highlights, but one common theme is the quality of the entry-level wines. The appellation-level Chardonnays, Pinot, Syrah and Claret all deliver serious quality for the money. As always, the Chardonnays are made in a rich, Burgundian-leaning style that emphasizes relatively long aging in barrel by California standards. The reds all capture a highly attractive stylistic middle ground that offers plenty of New World, California fruit wedded to an Old World sense of structure.” (Feb. 2016)