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Ramey Diamond Mountain District Napa Valley 2003

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Why? Wine Spectator rated �Outstanding� 92 points but we�ve tasted this wine twice over the past 6 months and can assure you that it is bigger, richer, and more age-worthy than most wines receiving 95+ points. Don�t miss this �undervalued� gem! PORTHOS INSIDER SCOOP: both Parker and the Wine Spectator rave about Ramey Red wines each vintage. The �Jericho Canyon� consistently scores 95+ points but sells for $130+. Ironic news this vintage is this Diamond Mountain is even tastier for the 2003 vintage�.and $50 less expensive! TASTES? Smooth, rich and fleshy, this is a notably complex and concentrated youngster, with a tasty core of ripe currant, black cherry, cedar, olive and sage notes that are well-focused, ending with a complex aftertaste. This is a delicious blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Best from 2006 through 2012.

Region: USA » California » Napa » Diamond Mountain

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Color: Red
Variety: Bordeaux Blend
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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

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Snooth User: 97mjr
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4.00 5
03/04/2009

Big Wine, deep color. On the nose dark fruit, cassis, leather, smoke. On the palate, dark fruit, oak, herbs, some minerality, sweet tannins. Concentrated fruit, grainy texture, balanced. Will improve over the next 5-7 years. This is my most enjoyable Ramey to date



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Why? Wine Spectator rated �Outstanding� 92 points but we�ve tasted this wine twice over the past 6 months and can assure you that it is bigger, richer, and more age-worthy than most wines receiving 95+ points. Don�t miss this �undervalued� gem! PORTHOS INSIDER SCOOP: both Parker and the Wine Spectator rave about Ramey Red wines each vintage. The �Jericho Canyon� consistently scores 95+ points but sells for $130+. Ironic news this vintage is this Diamond Mountain is even tastier for the 2003 vintage�.and $50 less expensive! TASTES? Smooth, rich and fleshy, this is a notably complex and concentrated youngster, with a tasty core of ripe currant, black cherry, cedar, olive and sage notes that are well-focused, ending with a complex aftertaste. This is a delicious blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Best from 2006 through 2012.

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