David Ramey, formely of Rudd Vineyards and scores of wineries
This year included the J. Davies Vineyard on Diamond Mountain, 21%; the Somerston hillside vineyard, 20%; DeSantis on the valley floor just north of Zinfandel Lane, 21%; Lamoreaux in Oak Knoll, 34%; and 4% from two small parcels. Aging on the fine lees incorporates the oak so that the two years spent in two-thirds new barrels (a mixture of French and American) is barely noticeable. As with all of our wines, it was fermented with native yeasts and bacteria and bottled without filtration. This wine combines the harmony produced by traditional Bordelaise winemaking techniques with the voluptuousness of a great Napa Valley vintage. 96% Cabernet Sauvignon with small amounts of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot.
Highlighted Reviews: 2009 Vintage
93-95 Antonio Galloni, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, February 2012
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is a big, dramatic wine endowed with tremendous richness and power. A large-scaled, dramatic wine, the 2009 Cabernet sweeps across the palate with generous, deeply resonant fruit. This is shaping up to be another beauty from David Ramey. The 2009 is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Lamoreaux, DeSantis, J. Davies and Somerston. Drink: 2014-2021.
91 Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May/June 2012
Inky ruby. Aromas of cherry and black tea, plus a spicy hint of chocolate. Tactile and densely packed but with surprising vivacity to its powerful cherry and blackcurrant flavors. Shows a rather brooding character at first, but aeration brings out more pliancy and a sweetness that carries through the long, spice-accented finish.