About the Wine
David Ramey has an extremely dense resume, with a history of winemaking at Matanzas Creek, Chalk Hill, Dominus, and Rudd all before founding Ramey Wine Cellars. The wines made at Ramey are classic California, showcasing a purity of fruit with the classic weighty profile that every California wine drinker craves. Ramey's 2018 Syrah is grown in the cool climate of the Sonoma Coast which offers a style reminiscent of the Northern Rhone regions of Hermitage and Cornas.
"David Ramey doesn't get anywhere near the attention he deserves. Today, it seems the focus is on extremes as the wine world is increasingly about a polarization of so-called 'very ripe' wines versus the more 'restrained' style. Ramey's wines are neither, but rather bring together the best of both schools of thought." - Antonio Galloni on Ramey
David’s groundbreaking work with indigenous yeasts, sur lies aging, whole-cluster pressing, and malolactic and barrel fermentation yielded a new California style that was richer, lusher, and silky smooth than previously known. As a result, he created a benchmark style now emulated by many.
The 2018 vintage is comprised of 80% Cole Creek Vineyard and 20% Rodgers Creek Vineyard.
Aging: 18 months in 55% new French barrels
Tasting Notes: 92% Syrah and 8% Viognier. Aromas and flavors of smoked meat, white pepper, green olive, and grapefruit, coupled with a silky texture and savory flavor.
This is an outstanding vintage of this wine: sinewy and seductive in black pepper, garrigue, and brooding black fruit. Made from grapes grown at both Cole Creek Vineyard and Rodgers Creek, it is sublime in texture and complex in structure, with lasting layers of smoked meat, citrus, and olive. ~98 Wine Enthusiast
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