Jeb Dunnuck 95
"With a Pauillac-like style in its graphite, blackcurrant, lead pencil and tobacco aromatics, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Annum is a full-bodied, concentrated, seamless 2014 that’s very much in the style of the 2014 vintage. Despite the upfront charm, it has plenty of underlying tannin and structure and is going to evolve beautifully for 15-20 years. This cuvée is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Cabernet Franc, aged all in new oak."
Wine Advocate 93+
"Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Annum delivers bags of ripe blackcurrants, black plums and mulberries scents with touches of cigar box, dusty soil, black olives and lavender. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a rock-solid structure of grainy tannins and superb freshness framing the muscular fruit, finishing long and layered."
Vinous Media 93+
"The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Annum is rich, racy and seductive, and yet also maintains a very classic, mid-weight sense of structure. The flavors are bright and nicely focused in this nuanced, mid-weight wine. The 2014 is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Cabernet Franc, with the Franc adding quite a bit of brightness and aromatic nuance. This has terrific potential.
-- Antonio Galloni"
Wine Spectator 92
"A steady ascent of supple flavors rises from modest to grand. The elegant array of anise-laced currant, berry, light cedar and earth notes making a second glass a necessity. Drink now through 2030. 607 cases made. –JL"
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A select group of winemakers can be credited with revolutionizing modern day winemaking in California. They are the innovators who, some 20 years ago, brought Old World traditions back to a New World that had thrown in its lot with university scientists to make squeaky clean wines largely devoid of character. The goal of these new wave winemakers was to put terroir back into the bottle and create wines of unique distinction.
David Ramey is widely acknowledged to be among the wine pioneers whose efforts helped raise the bar for all American winemakers and brought California to the forefront of the international wine world. David's groundbreaking work with indigenous yeasts and malolactic and barrel fermentation yielded a new California style that was richer, more lush and silky smooth than previously known. As a result, he created a benchmark style now emulated by many.
David Ramey is certainly one of the best known and most highly regarded winemakers in California. David has finally realized his dream of producing wines under his own name and has devoted himself exclusively to this pursuit.
"A multi-tasker, David Ramey's Healdsburg operation garnered lavish reviews for his Cabernet Sauvignons in issue #186. He also demonstrates a Midas touch with Chardonnay, while continuing to fine tune his Syrah portfolio. In addition, Ramey's consulting business appears to be growing by leaps and bounds, and he has been a major factor in turning around the quality of a number of wineries. The 2007 Ramey Chardonnays are all strong efforts, including the three generic offerings from the Sonoma Coast, Russian River, and Carneros, and his single vineyard efforts from the Hudson, Hyde, and Ritchie vineyards." – Robert Parker, February 2010