2014 Ramey Claret
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $32.94 (reg. $39.94)
"Get on the bandwagon as David Ramey is on top of his game.” - Robert Parker
Although the style of the classic ‘claret’ (mid-weight Bordeaux blends ideal for the table) may have been passed over in Napa in favor of the size and power of the cult Cab, that doesn't mean that excellent examples can't still be found. The bigger (and more expensive) the better proposition is not an absolute these days when you factor in David Ramey, well known for classically-proportioned Bordeaux blends, and has embraced that notion with an affordable, and accessible ‘Claret.’
Hailed as one of Ramey's "deepest value propositions", the 2014 Claret stays true to the style, with impeccable balance and complexity delivered in a medium bodied frame.
David Ramey has “one of the most impressive resumes for any California winemaker” according to Robert Parker, with some well earned stints at Chateau Petrus and Dominus. His reputation for Cabernet based blends in unimpeachable here in California and he is one one of the few winemakers that is all-in on the new California style with “plenty of New World, California fruit wedded to an Old World sense of structure” as Galloni puts it.
While Cabernet dominant, the blend is a balanced effort with gorgeous notes of tobacco, dark berries and earth. Grab a case of this delightful wine today, and pop it open any day of the week! Cheers!