Ramey Sonoma Coast Syrah 2013
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Vinous"A much more varietally expressive set of aromas and flavors emerges from the 2013 Syrah. Black pepper, sage, lavender, mint and violets lift from the glass as this gorgeous Syrah opens up in the glass. There is plenty of the typical Ramey richness through the mid-palate and finish in a Syrah that has so much to recommend. I can't wait to taste the 2013 once it has been bottled. The addition of 8% Viognier adds lift, precision and perfume. The Syrah is mostly press wine from Cole Creek and Rodgers Creek. -- Antonio Galloni"
Wine AdvocateDavid Ramey has always done a terrific job with Syrah and it seems to me that a lot of his efforts with this varietal are rarely noticed. All of his Syrahs are co-fermented with 3% to 5% Viognier, which gives uplift and extra dimension to the aromatics. Usually 20% to 25% whole clusters/stems are used during the fermentation and all are aged in 100% new French oak. The 2013 Syrah Sonoma Coast comes across like a peppery, meaty St.-Joseph from Northern Rhône. Loads of black raspberry, blackberry fruit, considerable spicy notes and a hint of barbecue smoke are all present in this medium to full-bodied, delicious, seductive style of Syrah to drink over the next 7-8 years. Under the Ramey label, David Ramey has always done a top-notch job with Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon as well as Syrah, although he rarely gets enough credit for the latter. There are two generic Chardonnay offerings. I tasted all of Ramey's 2014s and I will have notes on these when they are finally in bottle, but some of the highlights are certainly included. The 2014 Syrah Rodgers Creek, 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Annum and the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Pedregal, as well as a new offering - the 2014 Template (a 75% Merlot/25% Cabernet Franc blend from Mount Veeder) looks to have outstanding potential and is certainly a noteworthy addition to the Ramey portfolio.
Wine SpectatorA savory red, with a firm core of bright acidity and tannins. The fruit seems somewhat muted, showing subtle notes of raspberry, mineral and herb. Best from 2017 through 2027. 660 cases made.