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2013 Ramey Cellars Syrah Rogers Creek

Sense & Sensuality
May 22, 2018


They coulda named it after me.


David Ramey

David Ramey tells this story, especially when he is in Boston:

I visited him in 1997 when he was overseeing the construction of the Dominus winery. Ramey Cellars was just beginning as a side project. It was long before his fame increased enough to grace the cover of the Wine Spectator. We toured the construction, tasted some Dominus and then went to lunch at Bouchon.

"What shall we drink?" he asked. My eye slid over their long list of monumental Napa Cabernets and fell on what seemed an afterthought at the bottom, an excellent Syrah from Bruce Neyers. I had just tried and liked it in Boston.

California Syrah?! David looked at me like I had three heads - I stole a quick look at the bar mirror to confirm I had the correct number. I might as well have suggested Nebbiolo. Or Zinfandel. Or Pinotage.

David gracefully acceded. When the wine was poured he overcame his reluctance to take a sniff. He looked puzzled. Then the most wondrous transformation took place. His face brightened and took on a look of mingled pleasure and intense concentration. It was a beautiful sight to behold.

And that, kiddies, is how David Ramey was inspired to make Syrah. The rest is history . He worked the Rameyesque magic that infuses a sense of grape and place into pure sensuality. His Syrahs garnered a richly deserved critical praise. Top notch., spectacular, luscious velvety, voluptuous texture.


Which brings us to the current 2013 Rodgers Creek:


Antonio Galloni "a jewel of a wine. Here the flavors and textures are finely sketched, with gorgeous vibrancy, tension and energy. Graphite, pencil shavings, smoke, blackberry jam and lavender notes add complexity on the chiseled finish."

Robert Parker (written in 2016) "shows more structure, tannin and bacon fat along with cassis and floral notes. It is full-bodied, structured, masculine, and somewhat resembles a Côte Rôtie from the Côte Brune. Once it hits maturity in several years, it should drink nicely for at least 10-15."

Now you would think he might have mentioned me. Ramey Syrah Cuvee Len on the label for example. Doesn't that have certain ring and cachet to it?

Wiser heads at Ramey thought not, so the wine bears the prosaic but more informative name of its Sonoma Coast vineyard. David, however gives me a generous discount. I'm happy to share it with you.

2013 Ramey Cellars Syrah Rodgers Creek  Aroma: heady richly spicy, blueberry compote with light white pepper leaps from the glass; Mouth: nice concentration medium body, powerful deep fruit with underlying direct tannin, strong and persistent finish, decant now or age 5 to ten years; ExcellentNormally $79, Special $50; Mixed Case, 45; Case, 42.5


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           - Len Rothenberg