David Ramey is making some of the finest Cabernet blends in California today - we highly recommend trying them now. The Ramey 2012 Claret Napa Valley is a great introduction.
91 Points Robert Parker: - "The Claret comes across as quite floral, soft and surprisingly understated for the vintage. Floral notes add brightness on the finish in this gracious, approachable wine. The 2010 is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Syrah, and 2% Petit Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2022...David Ramey is one of the few California winemakers who thinks in terms of structure, not just flavor, something that sets him apart from many of his peers. All of the wines I tasted at Ramey’s cellar just outside Healdsburg were terrific. I also sampled a number of older wines, all of which have held up very well. Best of all, most of the wines remain very fairly priced considering the quality of what is in the bottle. ."
Claret is an English word meaning wine from Bordeaux. Ramey uses it to signify a blend of the Bordeaux varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The Ramey 2014 Claret Napa Valley is a blend from the Jericho Canyon Vineyard and Diamond Mountain vineyard.
Ramey Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay is consistently one of California's finest Chardonnays. Second-tier doesn't cut it for Ramey fruit sources. Larry Hyde's gem of a property has been recognized on labels from Marcassin, Paul Hobbs and Kistler. Unbelievably nuanced for a full-throttle Chardonnay, this balances California flair with restraint and grip.
95 Points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): "The 2013 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard is one of the richest, most powerful Chardonnays in the range. Here it is the wine's phenolic and sense of vertical structure that stand out most. Even with all of its obvious richness and heft, the Hyde preserves remarkable freshness. Dried herbs, orange peel and buttery notes add nuance on the large-scaled, ample finish."
Another great chardonnay release from the master David Ramey. Get some while it's still available.
92 Points Robert Parker: Ramey’s Chardonnay Sonoma Coast is laced with lemon, pastry, crushed rocks and mint. Beautifully delineated and focused, it stands out for its energy and verve. This is a gorgeous entry-level offering. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2016...Once again, I tasted an amazing range of wines with David Ramey. The Chardonnays capture a beautiful middle ground of ripe, California fruit but treated to a long, Burgundy-inspired elevage that relies on natural yeasts and no filtration, among other choices, to bring out the personality of each of the sites Ramey works with. To me, the Ramey Chardonnays have a Chassagne-like richness that is quite appealing, yet they remain laid back in style by California standards."
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95 Points - limited release
A great new Chardonnay release from Ramey. Limited.
95 Points Wine Enthusiast: "Not many producers get fruit from this magical vineyard, sought after for being cool, coastal and meticulously farmed. This wine speaks to all that, offering sublime Meyer lemon, pear and golden honey around a balanced soul and wild ginger-infused intensity."
93 Points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): "The 2012 Chardonnay Platt Vineyard wraps around the palate with gorgeous texture and pure resonance. Inviting and layered from start to finish, the Platt impresses for its balance and overall harmony. The flavors are bright, energetic and focused throughout. Lemon peel, white flowers and white pepper all add lift on the expressive finish."
Another stunning Ramey Cabernet - Very Limited.
96 Points Robert Parker: "From a vineyard in the Oakville Corridor, just below Dalla Valle, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Annum (950 cases) is a blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Cabernet Franc. It boasts an opaque purple color as well as copious aromas of licorice, smoked meats, camphor, graphite and oodles of crème de cassis and coffee beans. Full-bodied with sweet tannin and a dramatic, ostentatious personality, it should drink well for 15-20 years...
...David Ramey, who is one of the veterans of high-quality winemaking on California’s North Coast, worked in France and at some of the top Napa wineries (Rudd and Dominus) before settling in Healdsburg in Sonoma Valley. He continues to make Chardonnay in a Burgundian style with full malolactic fermentation, and now produces four single-vineyard Chardonnays as well as two generic efforts from the Russian River and Sonoma Coast."
Another stunning Ramey Cabernet - Very Limited.
95 Points Robert Parker: "From a site in Oakville, 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Pedregal Vineyard is another huge, intense wine that also possesses wonderful nuance and delineation, a rare attribute for such a big Cabernet. Espresso, mocha, black cherries, grilled herbs and sweet spices lead to a huge core of blue/black fruit in this brooding, full-bodied wine. There is a lot to like in the 2009 Pedregal, but I can’t imagine the wine being fully expressive until at least age ten. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2039...Once again, I tasted an amazing range of wines with David Ramey."
95 points Wine Enthusiast *Cellar Selection*: "The producer’s highest-end bottling, this is tightly wound in fine-grained tannins with complex, diverse undertones of chocolate mocha, cherry-vanilla, black tea and garrigue. Layered and balanced, it sends gentle waves of black currant and cassis to the palate, a floral element lurking behind the proceedings. This well-made wine will cellar nicely, through 2032."
95 points Wine Spectator: "This features a deep, exotic streak of melted black licorice amid layers of blackberry and wild berry, supported by firm, fine-grained tannins and hints of espresso and graphite. Most impressive on the long, sustained finish that keeps repeating the core flavor themes. Drink now through 2028."
A fantastic new Zinfandel blend! David Ramey is consulting winemaker for this new discovery reminds us of one our most popular wines, Orin Swift's The Prisoner. A fantastic value.
The Atrea Old Soul (a blend of 59% Zinfandel, 20% Petite Syrah, 14% Syrah and 7% Malbec) is sensational. This is a bistro wine on steroids. Deep ruby/plum-colored with sweet kirsch notes intermixed with licorice, pepper, and background toast, the wine is medium to full-bodied, fleshy, and displays vibrant, juicy, even succulent fruit, a nicely layered texture, and a crisp finish with light tannins. Drink it over the next 3-4 years. Attractive wines are emerging from this Mendocino County winery, where none other than David Ramey is their consulting winemaker.
Three Saints is based in Santa Barbara County and sources from the finest of the area's vineyards for each of their wines. With David Ramey and Paul Hobbs as consulting winemakers, its gotta be good! This pinot is better than many two times the price. A fantastic value not to be missed.
The Three Saints 2010 Pinot Noir is medium dark ruby in color. Spicy, forward bing cherry and dark cherry aromas with a touch of oak and hints of violets. The wine is medium bodied with similar concentrated bing cherry flavors on the palate, accented by some notes of thyme and sage that are enhanced by balanced tannins and a rich finish. It just doesnt get any better at this price.
Our best under $20 Chardonnay discovery! Three Saints Chardonnay is crafted from Dierberg Family estate grapes, in the Santa Maria Valley, and area known for superb Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The secret of this wine is that David Ramey is the consulting winemaker.
Concentrated meyer lemon and ripe pear aromas are accented by hints of toasty vanilla and light minerality. This medium-full bodied wine displays rich, concentrated apple, lemon and pear flavors on the palate accented by bright acidity, balanced oak and a lingering finish.
A fantastic small-production Napa Valley Cabernet. One of our top picks from the great 2010 vintage.
previous vintage 93 Points Robert Parker: "The real deal. Super-ripe but with impressive underlying acidity and structure, the wine has notes of charcoal, roasted herbs, tapenade, black currant, licorice, and camphor. It is deep, full-bodied, rich, with good acidity and sweet tannin. Drink it over the next 10-15 years. This source for Cabernet Sauvignon was made famous by well-known wine consultant and winemaker David Ramey when he was sourcing fruit from this site. They now estate-bottle their own wines, and this is a cuvee of around 400 cases made from 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot and Cabernet Franc."
Winemaker Aaron Pott puts it best: "Jericho Canyon is poised to become one of the great estates of Napa Valley. It is a dragon slumbering in its cave atop a horde of treasure that is about to be awakened and unleashed."
One of the best small-production Syrah's we've found at this price all year. Spicerack owners Jonathan and Susan Pey have crafted a real winner - deep, dark and delicious, try it while its still available.
"Exceptional. Blue and red berry fruit, elegant entry, perfectly honed tannins, and no new oak to contend with the superb cool-climate fruit. Another Pey wine of true style and potential." - Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences
"As pioneers in Marin County Riesling, Susan and Jonathan Pey thrive on the wine road less traveled. After an impressive Paso Robles Syrah last year, they turned their attention north. This new effort hails from two Sonoma Coast vineyards, including the site where David Ramey sources his Syrah. Now for the twist: The wine all went into neutral barrels, with the result a lean, focused Syrah that's hinged on savory pepper and tart berry, and no oak to speak of. At just over 13 percent alcohol, it's a rare breed for California Syrah, with bright fruit taking center stage." - San Francisco Chronicle, April 4, 2008
97 Points - Limited New Release
Lee Hudson's vineyard in Napa Valley's Carneros region has come to be synonymous with some of the best winegrapes grown in California, going into some of the State's top Chardonnays (Kistler, Kongsgaard, Patz & Hall, Ramey). His own wine is fantastic but super-limited production. Grab some today before this delicious vintage slips away.
previous vintage 97 Points Antonio Galloni: "Golden hues hold exotic aromatics of pineapple, ginger, allspice and tarragon. The ethereal Hudson chardonnay has a fresh palate with mid-weight that is marked by a saline quality which is classic Hudson. Flavors consist of pain grille, roasted corn, hazelnuts and flinty mineral at the back end. For a wine of this size it is quite tactile and complex. A lush Chardonnay can make all the difference when paired with delicacies such as roasted chicken, grilled vegetables or lobster tails dipped in warm butter. Enjoy now and over the next 7 years. Delicious! This is simply stunning Chardonnay from the Chardonnay Master. Bravo once again!"
93 Points Robert Parker: "My favorite wine of this trio is the sensational Chardonnay which reveals a Batard-Montrachet-like richness and hazelnut creaminess. Made from an Old Wente clone and aged in 80% new oak (which it hides very well), this wine has good acidity and a surprising, rich, intense mouthfeel with lots of caramelized tropical and honeyed fruit. This full-bodied wine is fresh, which is typical of this vintage, especially for many of the white wines. It appears to have 4-5 years of drinkability."
Tasting Notes From Paul Robert, Master Sommelier FRENCH LAUNDRY: "All fruit came in before the mid-October rains. Stony, minerally nose. High-pitched aromas of fresh picked apples, and pistachios. A wine of in- tensity, rather than overt richness. Medium bodied palate, with mild creamy notes. A stylish expression of the Hudson style, with a mouthwatering finish of mint, roasted nuts and lemon custard. Quite long and pretty, more Cha- blis compared to the usual Batard-Montrachet nature of Hudson."