2013 Ramey Syrah Rodgers Creek
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $59.94 (reg. $69.94)
David Ramey is one of the most impressive winemakers in both the Sonoma and Napa Valleys, with striking quality in his portfolio from entry level on up and he has been leading a California trend back towards classicism. While Ramey has always nailed the in-between ground of both old world and new to create an array of balanced, ageworthy Bordeaux blends, what’s most remarkable is his equal success with Rhone varieties. His 2013 Rodgers Creek Syrah is all the proof you’ll need that David Ramey is, as Parker puts it, “on top of his game," and we have it today for the best price around!
Like Guigal's legendary Cote Rotie 'La Mouline', Ramey’s Syrah from Rodgers Creek Vineyard has a healthy dose of about 10% Viognier, for a layered, opulent Syrah with bright aromas and deep flavor. It is hands down one of the top Rhone style Syrahs made in Northern California. The Cote Rotie style blend is sourced from the Petaluma Gap, a cool climate slice of terroir that is best suited to advocates of balance like David Ramey.
Despite Ramey’s impressive resume (Chateau Petrus, Dominus) and benchmark level wines, he “doesn't get anywhere near the attention he deserves” according to Galloni. As for his Syrah, Parker has said that “he rarely gets enough credit” and previous vintages have easily competed with Cote-Rotie “costing $350-$500 a bottle.” With a killer price on this "hugely distinctive" wine, fans of the Rhone and California alike will want to take advantage. Cheers!