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Ramey 2013 Claret Napa Valley

Ramey 2013 Claret Napa Valley

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"Ramey spent his early career creating benchmark wines for California’s Matanzas Creek, Chalk Hill, Dominus Estate and Rudd Estate. At the estate he founded in 1996, Ramey Wine Cellars in Healdsburg, he has long championed traditional, artisanal winemaking techniques in his single-vineyard Chardonnays and Cabernets."

WE 92 - Vinous 90 - "Our Claret follows the Bordelaise model of blending different Bordeaux varietals. Malolactic fermentation is completed in barrel, and the blend is assembled early so it is “elevated” as the finished wine."



WE 92 Pts - According to Wine Enthusiast - Editor's Choice! - "Having spent only 12 months in barrel, this vintage of the producer’s Claret is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon with 34% Merlot, 4% Malbec, 3% Syrah, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. It opens in exotic floral and spice, with a juicy midpalate around soft, rounded tannins and smoothly integrated oak. It provides extraordinary value for the quality. "

According to Antonio Galloni - "Dark red cherries, plums, smoke and licorice jump from the glass in the 2013 Claret. A bit darker and richer than normal in this vintage, the 2013 Claret is shaping up to be an overachiever. I tasted the 2013 from tank just prior to bottling. In 2013, the Cabernet Sauvignon is down to about 55% of the blend, while Merlot is higher than normal, a decision that I imagine was made to give the wine its customary early appeal in a vintage in which Bordeaux-styled wines are quite imposing."

Wine Enthusiast, 2015 Winemaker of the Year - David Ramey, Ramey Wine Cellars
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Additional Information

Varietal/TypeMeritage - Claret
BrandRamey Wine Cellars
Size750 ML Standard
Rating92 Points, 90 Points, 88 Points
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