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Ramey Claret 2012

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"The 2012 Claret appears to be another outstanding example of value-priced Cabernet Sauvignon. A 6,000-case blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot and the rest Malbec, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, consumers will love this beauty because of its forward, classic Cabernet style. It should drink well for 5-8 years...90-92" WA 12/13

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Ramey Wine Cellars:
David Ramey started his career in wine with little more than a degree in enology and a dream. Then, after nearly two decades of creating benchmark wines for such California wineries as Matanzas Creek, Chalk Hill, Dominus and Rudd, David Ramey and his wife Carla founded Ramey Wine Cellars in 1996. “Owning one’s own winery is the dream of every winemaker,” David says, looking... Read more
David Ramey started his career in wine with little more than a degree in enology and a dream. Then, after nearly two decades of creating benchmark wines for such California wineries as Matanzas Creek, Chalk Hill, Dominus and Rudd, David Ramey and his wife Carla founded Ramey Wine Cellars in 1996. “Owning one’s own winery is the dream of every winemaker,” David says, looking back on the path that led him to build his own. It took time, planning and a profound understanding of how best to bring together all the elements—from the grapes, to the winery materials, and a top-notch team of professionals—to make it all work. Ramey Wine Cellars is located off the town square in the quaint Sonoma County town of Healdsburg. It is a sleek, efficient, no-frills work space dedicated exclusively to making the highest quality wines possible. “In our own winery, we’re not distracted, as I had been, by the ongoing and changing needs of an employer,” David notes. “At Ramey Wine Cellars, we try to foster a team environment where everybody feels empowered to contribute and make a difference in both winery operations and the wine itself. My hope is to create an atmosphere of great opportunity for all.” The winery produces authentic, hand-crafted wines made in an Old World tradition--coupled with New World innovation and California terroir. Owned exclusively by David and his wife Carla, grapes are sourced from vineyards with which David has worked for many years. Their next project will be to purchase land and develop their own vineyards. Consistently rated among the best wines in California, the winery remains committed to Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Syrah as its primary varietals. Winery tastings are available by appointment. Tasting Room We are open for tastings by appointment Monday through Saturday (excluding holidays). We offer a hosted tasting in a seated environment so that you can relax and truly appreciate the wines. Read less

External Reviews for Ramey Claret

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
01/14/2016

This soft, easy-drinking Cabernet is a good introduction to the vintage, and while it will improve over the course of three to eight years, it is not a wine intended for long-term cellaring. – David Ramey VINEYARDS Appellation: Napa Valley Soil: Napa Valley soils are primarily comprised of broken down or decomposed rock that has been carried downhill from the eastern Vaca range and the western Mayacamas range into the base of the valley where they ultimately intermingle with the silt, clay and gravel deposits of the Napa River flood plain. Sites: This vintage’s blend is 54% Napa Valley, 14% St. Helena, 11% Napa-Carneros, 10% Oakville, 3% Mt. Veeder, 2% Diamond Mtn, 2% Oak Knoll, 2% Rutherford, 2% Sonoma Coast WINEMAKING Varietal Compositon: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon 24% Merlot 2% Malbec 2% Syrah 1% Cabernet Franc 1% Petit Verdot. Fermentation: Our Claret follows the Bordelaise model of blending different Bordeaux varietals. Malolactic fermentation is completed in barrel, and the blend is assembled early so they are “elevated” as the finished wine. Native-yeast barrel fermentation and full natural malolactic fermentation. Aging: The 2012 Claret aged for 12 months in 12% new French & American oak barrels (Demptos & Canton) and aged sur lies with monthly bâtonnage to coat the tannins and smoothly integrate the wood. . This wine was lightly fined with egg whites and bottled without filtration in January 2014. Alcohol: 14.5% ** Only 9 in Stock **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
09/04/2014

The 2012 Claret appears to be another outstanding example of value-priced Cabernet Sauvignon. A 6,000-case blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot and the rest Malbec, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, consumers will love this beauty because of its forward, classic Cabernet style. It should drink well for 5-8 years. - Robert Parker 90-92 Points (70% cabernet sauvignon, 24% merlot, 2% malbec, 2% syrah, 1% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot): Vivid ruby. Expressive aromas of dark berry preserves, candied flowers, pipe tobacco and white pepper. Fleshy and open-knit, offering sweet blackcurrant and cherry compote flavors lifted and sharpened by juicy acidity. Supple tannins build slowly on the finish, which repeats the berry and tobacco notes. This soft, easy-drinking Cabernet is a good introduction to the vintage, and while it will improve over the course of three to eight years, it is not a wine intended for long-term cellaring. -David Ram...


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
11/04/2014

This soft, easy-drinking Cabernet is a good introduction to the vintage, and while it will improve over the course of three to eight years, it is not a wine intended for long-term cellaring. David RameyVINEYARDSAppellation: Napa ValleySoil: Napa Valley soils are primarily comprised of broken down or decomposed rock that has been carried downhill from the eastern Vaca range and the western Mayacamas range into the base of the valley where they ultimately intermingle with the silt, clay and gravel deposits of the Napa River flood plain.Sites: This vintages blend is 54% Napa Valley, 14% St. Helena, 11% Napa-Carneros, 10% Oakville, 3% Mt. Veeder, 2% Diamond Mtn, 2% Oak Knoll, 2% Rutherford, 2% Sonoma Coast WINEMAKINGVarietal Compositon:70% Cabernet Sauvignon24% Merlot2% Malbec2% Syrah1% Cabernet Franc1% Petit Verdot.Fermentation: Our Claret follows the Bordelaise model of blending different Bordeaux varietals. Malolactic fermentation is completed in barrel, and the blend is assembled early so they are elevated as the finished wine.Native-yeast barrel fermentation and full natural malolactic fermentation.Aging: The 2012 Claret aged for 12 months in 12% new French & American oak barrels (Demptos & Canton) and aged sur lies with monthly bâtonnage to coat the tannins and smoothly integrate the wood. . This wine was lightly fined with egg whites and bottled without filtration in January 2014.Alcohol: 14.5%


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
06/23/2016

This soft, easy-drinking Cabernet is a good introduction to the vintage, and while it will improve over the course of three to eight years, it is not a wine intended for long-term cellaring. – David Ramey VINEYARDS Appellation: Napa Valley Soil: Napa Valley soils are primarily comprised of broken down or decomposed rock that has been carried downhill from the eastern Vaca range and the western Mayacamas range into the base of the valley where they ultimately intermingle with the silt, clay and gravel deposits of the Napa River flood plain. Sites: This vintage’s blend is 54% Napa Valley, 14% St. Helena, 11% Napa-Carneros, 10% Oakville, 3% Mt. Veeder, 2% Diamond Mtn, 2% Oak Knoll, 2% Rutherford, 2% Sonoma Coast WINEMAKING Varietal Compositon: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon 24% Merlot 2% Malbec 2% Syrah 1% Cabernet Franc 1% Petit Verdot. Fermentation: Our Claret follows the Bordelaise model of blending different Bordeaux varietals. Malolactic fermentation is completed in barrel, and the blend is assembled early so they are “elevated” as the finished wine. Native-yeast barrel fermentation and full natural malolactic fermentation. Aging: The 2012 Claret aged for 12 months in 12% new French & American oak barrels (Demptos & Canton) and aged sur lies with monthly bâtonnage to coat the tannins and smoothly integrate the wood. . This wine was lightly fined with egg whites and bottled without filtration in January 2014. Alcohol: 14.5% ** Only 6 in Stock **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
01/20/2017

This soft, easy-drinking Cabernet is a good introduction to the vintage, and while it will improve over the course of three to eight years, it is not a wine intended for long-term cellaring. – David Ramey VINEYARDS Appellation: Napa Valley Soil: Napa Valley soils are primarily comprised of broken down or decomposed rock that has been carried downhill from the eastern Vaca range and the western Mayacamas range into the base of the valley where they ultimately intermingle with the silt, clay and gravel deposits of the Napa River flood plain. Sites: This vintage’s blend is 54% Napa Valley, 14% St. Helena, 11% Napa-Carneros, 10% Oakville, 3% Mt. Veeder, 2% Diamond Mtn, 2% Oak Knoll, 2% Rutherford, 2% Sonoma Coast WINEMAKING Varietal Compositon: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon 24% Merlot 2% Malbec 2% Syrah 1% Cabernet Franc 1% Petit Verdot. Fermentation: Our Claret follows the Bordelaise model of blending different Bordeaux varietals. Malolactic fermentation is completed in barrel, and the blend is assembled early so they are “elevated” as the finished wine. Native-yeast barrel fermentation and full natural malolactic fermentation. Aging: The 2012 Claret aged for 12 months in 12% new French & American oak barrels (Demptos & Canton) and aged sur lies with monthly bâtonnage to coat the tannins and smoothly integrate the wood. . This wine was lightly fined with egg whites and bottled without filtration in January 2014. Alcohol: 14.5% ** Only 4 in Stock **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
03/19/2016

This soft, easy-drinking Cabernet is a good introduction to the vintage, and while it will improve over the course of three to eight years, it is not a wine intended for long-term cellaring. – David Ramey VINEYARDS Appellation: Napa Valley Soil: Napa Valley soils are primarily comprised of broken down or decomposed rock that has been carried downhill from the eastern Vaca range and the western Mayacamas range into the base of the valley where they ultimately intermingle with the silt, clay and gravel deposits of the Napa River flood plain. Sites: This vintage’s blend is 54% Napa Valley, 14% St. Helena, 11% Napa-Carneros, 10% Oakville, 3% Mt. Veeder, 2% Diamond Mtn, 2% Oak Knoll, 2% Rutherford, 2% Sonoma Coast WINEMAKING Varietal Compositon: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon 24% Merlot 2% Malbec 2% Syrah 1% Cabernet Franc 1% Petit Verdot. Fermentation: Our Claret follows the Bordelaise model of blending different Bordeaux varietals. Malolactic fermentation is completed in barrel, and the blend is assembled early so they are “elevated” as the finished wine. Native-yeast barrel fermentation and full natural malolactic fermentation. Aging: The 2012 Claret aged for 12 months in 12% new French & American oak barrels (Demptos & Canton) and aged sur lies with monthly bâtonnage to coat the tannins and smoothly integrate the wood. . This wine was lightly fined with egg whites and bottled without filtration in January 2014. Alcohol: 14.5% ** Only 8 in Stock **


External Review
08/09/2015

Ramey has always done a good job with Cabernet Sauvignon. He produces 6,000 cases of his Claret, a lighter-styled, immediately drinkable red wine. The 2012 Claret is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot and the rest Malbec, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Its dark ruby hue is accompanied by notes of cedarwood, roasted herbs, and red and blackcurrants in a flavorful, medium-bodied, elegant, surprisingly Bordeaux-like style. This supple red is ideal for drinking now and over the next 7–8 years.


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"The 2012 Claret appears to be another outstanding example of value-priced Cabernet Sauvignon. A 6,000-case blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot and the rest Malbec, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, consumers will love this beauty because of its forward, classic Cabernet style. It should drink well for 5-8 years...90-92" WA 12/13

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