David Ramey went around the block quite a few times before he got his own gig. He got his degree at UC Davis in 1979, and then started as a cellar rat—we use this term affectionately—at Chateau Petrus
, the Pomerol
heavyweight champion of Merlot
. His next stop was Lindemans of Australia
, and then back to California
for stints at Chalk Hill, Matanzas Creek, Dominus Estate
and Rudd Estate
Finally, with the help of his wife, David founded Ramey Wine Cellars in 1996. He has succeeded in sourcing fruit from top Napa
vineyards, producing remarkable Chardonnays
that bridge the gap between California lushness and Burgundian minerality and structure. Ramey's Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay has been exceptionally good in recent vintages and demand is through the roof. Not to be overlooked, though, are his Caberbets, routinely rich and focused, as well as Syrahs from Sonoma Coast sites.
About Napa Valley
Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
Read More »