2006 Ramey Cabernet, Napa Valley

Dave Ramey has both changed and charged the wine industry to date.  His work is credited for putting places like Chalk Hill and Matanzas Creek on the map for revolutionizing how they made Chardonnay.  He then went on to work at Dominus and Rudd before hanging his own shingle.  A true master of his craft, Ramey’s winemaking skills are matched only by his ability to source fruit from fantastically interesting vineyards and turning little known growers into moguls.

TASTING NOTES: The nose is lifted and pleasant showing rhubarb, hints of minerality and celery salt.  The palate is full and rich with predominantly dark fruits.  It has a nice openness to it, showing good mineral and earth characters, with a hint of plums and prunes.  The wine has a wonderful texture, is integrated beautifully, and has a long finish.

2 Responses to “2006 Ramey Cabernet, Napa Valley”

  • Hey out there,

    Talk about integration and long finish. The 2006 Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon was just excellent with our meal last week at Sly's in Carpinteria, Ca. Paired really well with a simple deconstructed petite medium rare steak sandwich with pom frites. The waiter was very charming and all knowing so I treated him to a taste. He at first advised me that they had a Ramey on the list and that there would be a corkage fee applied to our bill, but after noting that they did not carry the Cabernet, only the Chardonnay, there was no mention regarding corkage. Needless to say, he and I and everyone at the dinner enjoyed the Cabernet very much.

  • Sharing a glass of wine with a waiter or sommelier is a good way to avoid corkage. Especially if you are bringing something to the restaurant that is interesting. Sommeliers appreciate getting a chance to try something new or different, as long as it isn't something that is on their list or available at Trader Joe's.

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