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"The 2016 Sauvignon Blanc High Valley is also outstanding, with vibrant notes of grapefruit, white flowers and citrus. Sourced from Lake County, drink this medium-bodied, pure, elegant white over the coming year or so.”
- Sourced from Brassfield vineyard, in an east-west valley, at 1800 feet in Lake County
- Sauvignon-Musque (2006), Clone 530 (2006) and Clone 1 (2001), spaced 8’ X 5’, on Gravely-sandy loam soils
- Whole-cluster pressed, native fermented, non-ML, in stainless and neutral oak
- Aged on its lees for 2 months in 46% neutral oak, 39% stainless, and 15% concrete egg
Beautifully textured with a crisp, bright finish.
Winter 2016 was the warmest on record, leading to early budbreak. But, cooler, wetter weather in the Spring months slowed development, leading to an extended bloom period. The resulting uneven fruit set meant a smaller crop and smaller berries with good concentration of flavors. Weather throughout the Summer growing season was consistently warm, promoting even ripening and an early harvest.
Whole cluster pressed, native yeast, non-malo, in a mixture of stainless steel and old oak barrels. Sur lies aged for two months in 46% neutral oak, 39% stainless steel barrels and 15% concrete egg.
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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