My friend has a very good palate, and I’m always impressed by his wine choices. Once, we were at the grocery store, and he chose a Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon for our dinner. It was a knock-your-socks-off kind of wine. That was my first introduction to Ramey wines and the beginning of my love affair with Ramey Wine Cellars.
If you pop around on my website, you’ll see recipes I’ve created using their wine. I have talked about their wines on my cooking show. I’ve been to restaurants where their wines were not offered and asked to speak to the wine buyer, demanding justice! LOL. I’m totally kidding, but I have spoken to several wine buyers about Ramey. Needless to say, I’m a big Ramey Wine Cellars fan.
Ramey Wine Cellars Claret 2012($40)
The Ramey Claret 2011 was one of the best wines I tasted last year. To read my review: CLICK HERE. It doesn’t surprise me that Mr. Ramey hit it out of the ballpark two years in a row. The Ramey Wine Cellars Claret 2012 is equally impressive. It is a combination of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 2% Malbec, 2% Syrah, 1% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. All of the fruit comes from Napa Valley and aged in a combination of French and American oak for 12 months. It’s lovely and soft. An easy drinking wine that would pair brilliantly with a steak salad. Ramey Wine Cellars Claret 2012 is not a wine to keep in the wine cellar for 20 years, but something to drink now. And trust me, I’m happy to drink it now. 🙂 If you are looking to impress someone or to splurge on yourself, this is your wine. If you are in the mood for a white, I highly recommend their Russian River Valley Chardonnay. You can’t go wrong with any of their wine varietals.
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Disclosure: Ramey Wines sent me this wine for editorial consideration.