Editor’s Note: When we first ran this blog post we had incorrectly identified David’s wife’s name in the piece. It is Carla, not Clara. We had also identified that the tasting room was in Napa. It is in Healdsburg. We immediately corrected these facts here and want to express our deepest regret for these errors.
I was first introduced to Ramey Wine Cellars seven or eight years ago, and have had the opportunity to drink their wines ever since. I think this was another wine recommended by my good friend Didier Loustau from Loustau Wines and Marketing in Napa.
History of Ramey Wine
Ramey Wine Cellars is a small, well-known Napa Valley winery founded by David and Carla Ramey in 1996. From a humble beginning and production of a single Chardonnay that year, Ramey Wines is now in a state-of-the-art, 10,000-square-foot facility in downtown Healdsburg, CA.
Ramey Wines now produces over 13 different wines with grapes from some of the most famous vineyards in all of California. These wines are highly sought after due to their outstanding quality and cellar life. I read a magazine article saying, “Ramey Wines embodies the balance that is the essence of California Wines.” I don’t know if that statement reflects all Ramey Wines but the 2004 Jericho Canyon Vineyard Cabernet was, to me, simply delicious.
I’m guessing this wine has been in my cellar for five or six years, so decanting was certainly in order after letting the bottle stand for a day, (perhaps not quite long enough but I wanted to drink the wine). I decanted the wine and let it set for two hours. There was a lot of sediment, and it certainly benefited from being strained.
The wine color was a deep, inky purple. The nose produced aromas of tobacco, cherry and perhaps a hint of blueberry. The minute the wine entered my mouth, it began to coat my mouth and teeth. I immediately got a dry puckering sensation from the balanced tannins. It literally drew my mouth together around a palate of fruit. As I swallowed, I got some spice and warmth that lasted for quite a long time. The finish is firm and of excellent length. It was a pleasure to drink this wine.
My research found the wine to score (if it matters, which it doesn’t to me) in the mid to low 90s. International Wine Cellars gave it 91-94 points; Wine Spectator Magazine rated it at 90 points while Robert Parker gave it 94 points. Wine-Search.com has the wine rated at an average of 91 points, and lists fifteen merchants who have the wine available at a price range of $70 to $140.
For more information on Ramey Wines, go to www.rameywine.com or call the winery direct at 707-433-0870. If you’re in Healdsburg, you can arrange a tasting (by appointment only) at the winery. There is a modest cost of $25 for the tasting.
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