Our entry-level Cabernet blend, this vintage is comprised of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon along with 6% Syrah, 2% Petit Verdot, and 1% Merlot. (You may know that before France started their AOC (appellation) system in the 1930’s it was common, during the 1800’s, to import Syrah from Hermitage to blend with the wines of Bordeaux. These hermitage’ wines often fetched higher prices in the English market than those which had not been "improved.”) This soft, easy-drinking Cabernet is a good introduction to the vintage, and while it will improve over the course of three to eight years, it is not a wine intended for long-term cellaring. Somerston Vineyard comprises 26% of the blend, with 21% from J. Davies on Diamond Mountain, 15% Lamoreaux Oak Knoll, 13% Pedregal in Oakville, 12% DeSantis in St. Helena, and small amounts of several other vineyards.
Robert Parker(2012 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 12/20/2013
Robert Parker(2011 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 12/21/2013
Robert Parker(2002 Vintage) "The seductive, dark plum/purple-colored 2002 Claret (3,500 cases) reveals a voluptuous texture along with wonderfully sweet notes of cedar, chocolate, black currants, raspberries, and roasted coffee in a succulent, opulent, full-bodied style that is hard to resist. Even the barrel sample could have been drunk with great pleasure. Get on the bandwagon as David Ramey is on top of his game."
International Wine Cellar(2002 Vintage) Rating: 89-92 - As reviewed by Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar on May-04
Wine Advocate(2002 Vintage) Rating: (89-92) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 150 on Dec-03