Ramey Wine Cellars is dedicated to creating high quality, handcrafted wines with balance and richness from the area’s finest vineyards. Their philosophy is their process:
It’s about respect for the land. Nature guides their process and they listen – closely.
It’s about terroir. The vineyards are selected for their ability to sustainably produce the highest quality fruit. The soil must be right for the climate, which must be right for the terrain, which must be right for the varietal.
It’s about harmony—the marriage of Old World methods with New World innovations.
It’s about a family of wines crafted for the now, but even better with age. Bold, but in check, sensual, these are wines in perfect balance.
Ramey Wine Cellars was founded in 1996 by David Ramey and his wife Carla. After sixteen years making wine in Sonoma County, and firmly establishing Matanzas Creek and Chalk Hill wineries in the marketplace, David crossed the Mayacamas to spend six years in the Napa Valley—first as winemaker for Dominus Estate and project manager for the construction of their new winery; then helping Leslie Rudd reshape the Girard Winery into Rudd Oakville. Over the years, David has helped pioneer traditional, artisan winemaking techniques in California.
2012 Ramey Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, $34.00
This Sonoma Coast bottling reflects its cool climate region and so is a bit crisper and leaner than the Russian River.
"Fleshy but dry on the palate, offering intense poached pear and lemon curd flavors that spread out nicely on the back half." - Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
2012 Ramey Chardonnay, Russian River, $40.00
"Supple and broad on the palate, offering concentrated pit and orchard fruit flavors and a jolt of smoky minerals." - Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cella
2012 Ramey Claret, $34.00
“The 2012 Claret is a fabulous wine for the money. Bright red fruit, iron, smoke, spices and dried flowers lift from the glass in a vibrant, perfumed Cabernet Sauvignon-based red long on personality. Expressive floral and spice notes add lift on the finish. The style is a bit lighter than is typically found in the Ramey Cabernets, which also contributes to the wine's early accessibility.” - Antonio Galloni, Vinous
2012 Ramey Syrah, Sonoma Coast, $34.00
"A big, powerful wine, the 2012 Syrah hits the palate with dark fruit, mocha, spices, new leather and cedar. The style is decidedly ample and textured, with layers of intense black fruit . . ." - Antonio Galloni, Vinous
2012 Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, $56.00
“Intense, smoke-accented aromas of cherry and blackcurrant, with Indian spice and floral notes adding complexity. Juicy and precise on the palate, offering energetic dark fruit flavors and a hint of chewing tobacco.” - Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
2011 Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon, Annum, Napa Valley, $100.00
" The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Annum is quite soft and accessible in this vintage, with less of its trademark richness, but impeccable overall balance. Sweet herbs, dark red cherries, mint and licorice meld together in the glass. In 2011, the Annum includes 25% Cabernet Franc, which gives the wine lovely aromatics. The 2011 finishes with terrific juiciness and resonance. This is a great showing, especially within the context of an extremely challenging vintage." - Antonio Galloni, Vinous
2011 Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon, Pedregal Vineyard, Oakville, $179.00
" All of the vineyard signatures come through beautifully. Incense, smoke, tobacco, wild flowers and black fruit meld together in an effortless, gracious Cabernet Sauvignon." - Antonio Galloni, Vinous