I recently had a cabernet sauvignon by Ramey. I think I sat there for a good 10 minutes just smelling it. Then I tasted it. Needless to say, I fell foolishly in love with this wine. That’s when I went on a Ramey hunt. What else do they produce that will knock your socks off? Here’s what I found:
The Battle of the Chardonnays
Two chardonnays from different regions from the same winemaker. Who will win the battle of the Chardonnays? Russian River or Sonoma? The competition was fierce. The opponents were fully ready for this challenge. With each taste, with each citrusy punch on the palate, a cry to claim the better Ramey Chardonnay title.
Sonoma Coast Chardonnay Vintage 2010 $38
This wine had a strong right hook. The color is bright yellow almost gold. The bouquet is lemony. I enjoyed the texture of this wine. It’s a complex wine of pear and peach. Very fruity. Smooth yet rich. The finish was brilliant, almost dry.
Russian River Valley Chardonnay Vintage 2010 $38
Its kissing cousin was equally impressive. Bright yellow in color. A bouquet of white, delicate flowers. Heavy aromas of peach and pear. It had a beautiful depth, and the finish was smooth. It lingered nicely of floral notes.
It was a tough match. In the end, I chose Russian River Valley because of its smooth finish. It may have won the battle, but who will win the war? Only time in barrels and tanks will tell.
Other Ramey Wines:
Ramey Syrah Sonoma Coast Vintage 2010 $38
Do you know someone who doesn’t like Syrah? I sadly know a few, but they will rename nameless for their protection. This is the wine to convert your Syrah-hating friends into passionate Syrah lovers. On the nose, you can smell dark berries- mainly blackberries. There’s a strong spiciness, and the peppery finish is intense in this elegant wine. I would pair it with duck or pork.
Ramey Claret Napa Valley Vintage 2011 $38
You have to let this wine breathe. I know it’s hard to wait when you have such a splendid wine waiting for you. But keep strong. The wait is so worth it. 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 12% Petit Verdot, 10% Syrah, 2% Cabernet Franc. It’s strong of berries and cherry. The deep cherry-vanilla flavors provide sweet notes. What a great finish! Don’t you just love it when the taste of your wine sits on your tongue and stays there for a nice, long, smooth finish? Mmmm… I would pair it with duck or lamb. Ramey mentions chicken as a pairing, and I completely agree. Think Christmas parties or for when you want to impress a special dinner guest. Pin, this picture. Write it down. Out of all the Ramey wines noted here, this is my recommendation to you.
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As usual, I’m only rating the wines here to each other and none other.