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The turbulent growing seasons for upcoming Napa vintages, 2019 and 2020 have produced more questions than answers. The quality of these wines will be heavily scrutinized and reviewed under every critic's microscope. The time is ripe to stock up on quality vintages like 2015, 2016, and 2018. The opportunities to capture wines from previous years are limited. This 93WA 2015 Ramey Napa Cab from one of California's superstar producers is prime for the picking. Discover what makes these critically acclaimed wines so memorable.
In 1996 David Ramey alongside his wife, Carla, founded the now heralded Napa Valley estate, Ramey. Prior to establishing one of the finest wineries in the United States, David spent time working for the Moueix family at the illustrious Château Pétrus. He also played a prominent role in establishing a number of wineries that have become household names (Matanzas Creek, Chalk Hill, Dominus, & Rudd Estate). Today Ramey shares the spotlight alongside its triumphant leader and has been one of the leading producers in California winemaking since it was founded. For years, critics have been clamoring about David's wines, don't miss this opportunity to discover one of California's famous innovators.
“In my mind, Ramey is one of the top wineries in the United States.” ~Antonio Galloni
David earned a graduate degree from UC Davis in 1979. His thesis on volatile ester hydrolysis (translation: how aromas evolve in wine) is still used today to understand the complex nature of wine maturation. Over the years, David has helped pioneer traditional, artisan winemaking techniques in California. His efforts have helped shape the way many wines in the United States are made today, including native yeast fermentation; harvesting fully mature fruit; eliminating acidification of red wines, and bottling without filtration.
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.
Tasting Notes: Red Wine. 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 7% Malbec, and 3% Petit Verdot. “Our eleventh vintage of this appellation Cabernet is blended from a combination of hillside and valley floor vineyards. Our style combines the harmony produced by traditional Bordelaise winemaking techniques with the voluptuousness gained from California’s weather, especially in this perfect vintage.” ~David Ramey
The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 7% Malbec, and 3% Petit Verdot. Medium to deep ruby, it has an incredible nose of licorice, dried flowers, and mint chocolate over blackberries and black cherries, cedar shavings and pencil lead, plus spicy clove and star anise touches. Medium to full-bodied, it floods the mouth with plush flavor layers wrapped in chocolate-textured, pixelated tannins and great freshness to counter, finishing long and luscious. ~93 Wine Advocate
Features a dense core of cherry paste and plum fruit, laced with a range of blood orange, plum pit, grilled savory, and chalk notes. Tightly focused, with the fruit remerging steadily through the finish. Will cellar well. Best from 2021 through 2034. ~93 Wine Spectator
The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon comes from a hot, sunny vintage yet has a pure, classy character. Notes of crème de cassis, tobacco, leafy herbs, and spring flowers are just some of the aromatics and it’s medium-bodied, elegant, and incredibly polished on the palate. It’s another wine from Ramey that’s nicely balanced, with terrific purity and loads of class. ~92 Jeb Dunnuck
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