About Ramey Wine Cellars
With the help of his wife, David Ramey founded Ramey Wine Cellars in 1996. He has succeeded in sourcing fruit from top Napa and Sonoma vineyards, producing remarkable Chardonnays that bridge the gap between California lushness and Burgundian minerality and structure.
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Glass-staining purple. Highly complex nose and palate feature black and blue fruits, spicecake, floral oil
and smoky minerals. Shows seductive sweetness, excellent depth and a pliant, seamless texture.
Fine-grained tannins add shape to the extremely long, spicy finish. This wine's intensity and focus are outstanding. This was just bottled so it saw over two years of barrel aging. Ramey is intrigued by the possibilities of extended elevage for syrah and intimated that he might push his 2009s even farther out.
92 Points | Wine Spectator
94 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
I'm definitely in the five star group on this one. It's very unusual for Parker and Tanzer to be high on the same bottle, with their very different palates, but after tasting I can understand; one minute, I think the Parker comments are right on, but the next minute I'm in the Tanzer camp. I decanted about half a bottle for two hours and re-corked the other half for tomorrow night. The wine is just fabulous, and I just don't get the "port" comments from the reviewer below. I am a huge fan of Bugay Syrah, but this is better. All is not lost, though, as Bugay's are more affordable. Please keep offering both!
Ramey highlights, but not Ramey stardom
Hefty bottle; Ramey labels second to none, "spared no expense". Deep purple-maroon. Very perfumed, but took forever to open up (3+ hrs) - blackberry, some tilled earth, little wild violets, and faint white smoke. Lighter body than anticipated; deep hue belies actual density. Plum attack with herbaceous finish; very fine grain, chalky tannins. Maybe I set the bar too high expecting this to surpass the Shanel bottling, but this was supposed to be elevated. This did not reach that height, but potential in a number of years for stardom if body develops. 91/B+
Love that taste bud sensation on the first taste! Lovely!
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Just not worth the price
Hmmm... even with an eight hour decant, simply syrupy and impenetrable to oxygen, yet oddly approachable in a port-like manner, as its SWEET dark berry nose leads to a port like taste and finish, as it is somewhere between raisins and berries (like some of the Cali Zins out there). We drank it, and we will pour our something unenjoyable in a second, but I've definitely had some better Syrahs in the $20-30 range versus the $50 this cost.
It is remarkable that an industry essentially less than a half-century old could capture the attention of the American wine-buying public to the degree that California has. Powerful consumer interest in California wine is driven by two major factors. The more obvious reason is that California's best wines, which come from grapes grown in...
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While the grape is currently grown throughout the world, the most elegant Syrahs still come from the Northern Rhone valley, particularly the appellations of Côte Rôtie, Cornas, and Hermitage. Here, steep, terraced vineyards help produce full-bodied, intense, tannic wines loaded with white pepper and red fruit. In the vineyard, Syrah is largely cooperative- vines are productive, but not overly vigorous. Skins are thick, helping the grape...
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