Recently, we've received a lot of social media and Twitter shoutouts from Ramey Wine Cellars, so we thought it best to keep the streak alive and feature them in our latest full blog post. Thanks to the ardent research into various Napa Cabs by our own Rob Accordino, we are proud to bring you a wonderful piece on Ramey Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon.
Ramey Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is (in my humble opinion) one of the best Napa Cab’s out there. There is a good reason why this wine, and all of the Ramey wines are so wonderful. David Ramey is an outstanding winemaker who surrounds himself with a great team, many of which are family. This great group of people care about the land that they are farming, the grapes that they grow, and the methods in which they create their remarkable juice.
David Ramey earned his chops making wine in Sonoma County for some well known wineries. He then moved on to Napa Valley, again make some great juice for another couple of very recognizable names in the wine world. In 1996 David and his wife Carla decided to go out on their own, thus Ramey Cellars and their great collection of wines.
Ramey Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of grapes from the hillsides and valley floor of Napa Valley. The 2012 vintage saw and ideal growing season, with warm sunny days and cool nights. This gave them great fruit with a range of flavors and perfect tannins. The wine is made in a Bordeaux style with 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 5% Malbec and 3% Petit Verdot. This vintage was fermented with native yeast and aged for 18 months in 57% new French and American barrels, then bottled without filtration.
I love opening the Ramey Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and putting it in a decanter. I like to stick my nose close by to inhale the beautiful aromas. After about an hour in the decanter I like to pour my first glass. With the first swirl i stick my nose in the glass and get aromas of ripe fruit, floral notes and a touch of earth and spice. On the palate I get sumptuous dark fruit, a touch of tobacco with supple tannins on the mid palate. The finish is long and pleasant with a touch more tannins. This wine is well rounded, well structured and elegant, one of my favorites for special occasions.
I would put Ramey Napa Valley Cabernet up against other wines that cost two to three times as much and predict it coming out on top. Not your everyday wine at $56 but so good it needs to be enjoyed every once in a while.
Happy Drinking,Vino Vin