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Ramey Wine Cellars

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.


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202 Haydon Street, Healdsburg, CA, US, 95448 Email:
Phone: 707-433-0870 Web:
Fax: 707-433-0871
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  Claret, Napa Valley
Claret is an English word meaning wine from Bordeaux. We use it to signify a blend of the Bordeaux varieties so as not to be limited by the 75% varietal labeling regulation. This vintage is composed of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec, and 4% Syrah. (You may know that before France started their AOC (appellation) system in the 1930’s it was common, during the 1800’s, to import Syrah from Hermitage to blend with the wines of Bordeaux. These hermitage’ wines often fetched higher prices in the English market than those which had not been "improved.") This soft, easy-drinking wine is a good introduction to the vintage, and while it will improve over the course of two to five years, it is not a wine intended for long-term aging.
  Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley
An 11-acre vineyard planted in 1998, this is our third and final harvest from this site. Located off Diamond Mountain Road above Diamond Creek Vineyard, the soil is gravelly clay-loam and the vine rows run up and down the hillside, rather than being terraced. Blend composition for the 2003 vintage is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Petite Verdot.
  Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay, Napa-Carneros
Hyde Vineyard fruit has structure and density and are therefore able to absorb more oak without being overwhelmed. The wine will see around seventy percent new Burgundian barrels and spend up to twenty-one months in barrel, completely sur lies, before being bottled without filtration.
  Sonoma Coast Syrah
Our first Syrah comes from a vineyard belonging to Gary and OJ Shansby, up Sonoma Mountain behind the Durrell Vineyard and Sonoma-Cutrer’s Les Pierres Vineyard. Working with our viticulturist Daniel Roberts, we designed this vineyard from the ground up, and this is its first crop. We included 5% Viognier in the planting, and this wine was co-fermented with it, along with a portion of whole clusters and stems. Those for whom we’ve sampled this wine have uniformly commented on how much Rhone-like Syrah character it shows, coupled with the ripeness of California’s golden climate. Only 190 cases produced.


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