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Ramey 'Pedregal' Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
$224.00$153.89
Jeb Dunnuck 96
"Coming from Napa, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Pedregal Vineyard steps up on the richness scale and has Pauillac-like notes of lead pencil shavings, spring flowers, mineral, and both red and black fruits. With full-bodied richness, a silky, layered texture, and straight-up brilliant purity, its a blockbuster Napa Cabernet that stays firmly in the classic style of David Ramey. Drink it over the coming two decades."

Wine Enthusiast 95
Cellar Selection
"Cofermented with 11% Petit Verdot, this ... read more
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Shelf Location — 105a
Size:750mL (wine)
Alcohol by vol:14.5%
Closure:Cork
Store Item ID:#44260
Location at store:105a
Item Description
Jeb Dunnuck 96
"Coming from Napa, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Pedregal Vineyard steps up on the richness scale and has Pauillac-like notes of lead pencil shavings, spring flowers, mineral, and both red and black fruits. With full-bodied richness, a silky, layered texture, and straight-up brilliant purity, its a blockbuster Napa Cabernet that stays firmly in the classic style of David Ramey. Drink it over the coming two decades."

Wine Enthusiast 95
Cellar Selection
"Cofermented with 11% Petit Verdot, this is a serious, classically made wine from the generous appellation, Old World in its grippy structure and full embrace of cedar, pencil shavings and dried herb. Clove and peppercorn provide additional spice around a length of firm, integrated tannin and oak, finishing in a sanguine element of meat. Enjoy 20252030."

Wine Advocate 94+
"A blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Petit Verdot, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Pedregal Vineyard is deep ruby-purple with aromas of mint chocolate and laurel, split cedar, pencil shavings, toasted cardamom, warm blackcurrant, blackcurrant bud, red cherries and licorice. Full-bodied, dense and rich in the mouth with integrated but firm, ripe, grainy tannins and just enough freshness, it finishes long and dense. This still needs plenty of time in bottle! 647 cases were made."

Wine Spectator 94
"A range of sage, mint and sassafras aromas leads off, followed by alluring raspberry and plum fruit. Shows a lightly mulled edge as all the elements meld together. Maintains a suave feel and lingers seductively on the finish. Best from 2020 through 2030. 647 cases made. JM"

Vinous Media 93+
"The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Pedregal Vineyard is not quite as expressive as I thought it would be, given how some of the other wines show in this tasting. But it is also a more important wine and may simply be going through a stubborn phase. Red cherry, red plum, chocolate and licorice fill out the wine's layered frame nicely. I would give this mid-weight Cabernet another year or two in bottle. -- Antonio Galloni"

The Wine
Pedregal means a rocky place in Spanish, and that is certainly a distinguishing feature of the site. This is a small, hillside vineyard on the lower slopes of eastern Oakville thats planted to 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Petit Verdot. During 2008 we agreed to a long-term lease of this vineyard which gives us complete control even through any change in ownership. That year, we began directly farming the vineyard. Our farming team, headed by Doug Hill, planted this vineyard in 1990 and has farmed it continuously since.

Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 7 on St. George and 110R rootstock, planted with 4x8spacing in 1990. Petit Verdot Sterling selection on 110R rootstock, planted with 4x6 spacing in 1993. All on Iron rich red soil and 85% basalt rock.

The Estate
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 Valleyfirst 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 during a period when making wine by the University book was the norm. His efforts have helped shape the way many wines in the United States are made today, including the elimination of skin contact for most white grapes; the use of oxidized juice in making white wine; sur lie aging of white wines in barrel; malolactic fermentation of Chardonnay; native yeast fermentation; harvesting fully mature fruit; eliminating acidification of red wines, and bottling without filtration.

In addition to managing Ramey Wine Cellars, David enjoys consulting for a select handful of clients in the North Coast.
About Ramey Wine Cellars
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
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