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Ramey Claret 2016

This vintage’s blend sourcing is 89% Napa Valley, 10% Russian River and 1% combined from Sonoma County, North Coast and Mendocino.  Napa Valley soils are comprised of broken down or decomposed rock that has been carried downhill from the eastern Vaca range and the western Mayacamas range to the base of the valley, where they intermingle with the silt, clay and gravel deposits of the Napa River flood plain. The fragment of Mendocino soil is iron-rich Red Vine sandy clay loam, and in the Russian River Valley, a gravelly Felta clay loam.

Grape Varieties: 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 12% Malbec, 8% Syrah and 2% Petit Verdot.

Region: Napa Valley, California

Appearance: Medium to deep ruby-purple

Nose: It offers aromas of bay leaf, sage brush, cardamom, anise and clove with mint chocolate, underbrush, blackberries and blackcurrants. 

Palate: This medium-bodied, silky, nicely textured red offers notes of ripe black cherries, currants, and assorted tobacco and herbal notes, and it’s textured and balanced. Gentle, grainy tannins and great freshness to lift the finish.

Finish: The reverberating, sweet summer berry finish jazzes up with the freshness of aloe and flint as the wine unfolds in the decanter.

Food Pairing: Beef Short Ribs

Ratings/Awards: 

  • Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 91/100
  • Jeb Dunnock 90/100

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