23 Ratings
Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon

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Winemaker's Notes

(From 2007 Vintage) Our third vintage of this appellation Cabernet, into which we declassified our final harvest from the Larkmead Vineyard at 37% of the blend. Other vineyards included were Somerston, 36%; Snowden, 15%; Lamoreaux, 7%; and DeSantis, 5%. Aging on the fine lees incorporates the oak so that the two years spent in half new barrels (a mixture of French and American) is barely noticeable. As with all of our wines, it was fermented with native yeasts and bacteria and bottled without filtration. This wine combines the harmony produced by traditional Bordelaise winemaking techniques with the voluptuousness read more...of a great Napa Valley vintage. 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec, 3% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. (hide)

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    sour cherries, good acid.

    over 5 years
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  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    8% Cabernet Franc; 7% Petit Verdot; 1% Malbec. The Ramey Cabernet family shares a strong bias to ripeness and size, and this big, highly extracted, chocolate-laced wine falls right into step. Like its mates, it is more brawny than well-bred, but it will never be faulted for lack of stuffing. Thick and tough and a little sere at the end, it is a bit soft given its ten-year tannins, and it should hit its peak in half the time.
  • Wine & Spirits
    Opaque ruby. Red- and blackcurrant aromas, with suave floral, tobacco and spice character adding interest. Fleshy, liqueur-like dark berry flavors are soft and round, with no rough edges or obvious tannins. Turns slightly firmer on the long, velvety finish. Ramey told me that this has a pH of 4.0.
  • Wine Advocate
    Rating: (90-92) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 168 on Dec-06
  • Wine Spectator
    Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator
  • Robert Parker