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2012 Ramey Wine Cellars Syrah Sonoma Coast
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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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2012 Ramey Wine Cellars Syrah Sonoma Coast

Producer: Ramey Wine Cellars
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Syrah/Shiraz
Origin: California
Region: Sonoma

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91 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2014

(blended with 6% co-fermented viognier; 25% new oak):  Glass-staining ruby.  An exotically perfumed bouquet evokes ripe dark fruits, incense and mocha, with a peppery quality adding lift.  On the palate, sweet blueberry and cherry liqueur flavors put on weight with air and show a smooth, velvety texture.  The peppery note repeats on the spicy finish, which is framed by smooth, slow-building tannins.  Quite impressive for an entry-level syrah bottling.

89-91 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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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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Syrah

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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