Pinot Noir, ‘Platt Vineyard’, Ramey Cellars
The Platt Vineyard is our coolest site, producing wine that is more focused and mineral driven than fruit driven. Located five miles from the Pacific off Bodega Highway, midway between Sebastopol and Bodega Bay, the vineyard sits at 800′ on a south-facing slope overlooking the Estero Americano (which funnels cooling marine weather to the Sacramento delta via the Petaluma Gap).
Platt was planted in 2003 Wente selection Chardonnay collected from one of our Hyde Vineyard blocks, the rows are densely planted (3′ and 4′ by 6′) on low-vigor rootstock (420A). In 2010, we removed the Chardonnay trunks from three acres of our 16 acre block and grafted Pommard and 828 Dijon Pinot Noir clones to the rootstock.
Press & Reviews
The 2014 Pinot Noir Platt Vineyard is pale to medium ruby-purple in color with a beautiful perfume of crushed Bing cherries, cranberries and mulberries with touches of violets, dark chocolate and forest floor. Medium to full-bodied, the palate sports a firm frame of grainy tannins and wonderful freshness, framed with red berry and earthy layers, finishing long and perfumed.
Even better in bottle than it was from barrel, the 2014 Pinot Noir Platt Vineyard is bold, powerful and exuberant. There is no shortage of fruit intensity in the glass. A rush of red stone fruit, blood orange and pomegranate makes a strong first impression. In 2014 the Platt is gorgeous. Sadly, this is David Ramey's last vintage of the Platt.