From Brassfield Vineyard in High Valley of Lake County, this is a unique vineyard with gravelly-sandy loam soil at 1,800 feet of elevation. It is one of the coolest microclimates in Lake County, allowing for prolonged hangtime and excellent acidity. The vines are a combination of Sauvignon Musque, Clone 530, and Clone 1, between 10 and 15 years old. The grapes were whole-cluster pressed and fermented with native yeast in a mixture of stainless steel and old oak barrels with no ML, then aged sur lie for four months in 60 neutral oak and 40 stainless steel barrels.
Grown at an elevation of 1,800 feet, our Sauvignon Blanc shows classic varietal character without exaggeration. David Ramey
2019 began with a very wet winter, replenishing the ground water after several years of drought. A late summer heat spell accelerated ripening in many viticultural areas but had minimal impact in Lake County. Fruit was at optimal maturity and picked just a few days later than in previous years. The quality was exceptional, with well-preserved acid and varietal expression.
Whole cluster pressed, native yeast, non-ML, in a mixture of neutral oak barrels and stainless steel. Sur lies aged for eight months in 48 stainless steel barrels, 45 neutral oak, and 7 in concrete eggs. Lightly fined. Bottled without filtration.
Sidebar means the bar adjacent to the main bar or the sidelight of a main story. It is the B-Side to David Rameys Greatest Hits album.
This is a new project from David Ramey & Ramey Wine Cellars focused on fun and diverse grape varieties. Apart from the dedication to deliciousness and quality, sidebar remains distinct from Ramey in its varieties and tempo, to be considered under a different set of values. Sidebar wines are invitingly fresh and satisfying in their youth: brightness is key. These wines also play into David Rameys history with Sauvignon Blanc as the flagship. David made some of the most well-known Sauvignon Blanc in Californias history at Matanzas Creek and Chalk Hill back in the 80s and 90s.
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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