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Ramey Wine Cellars with George Staikos from the winery

George Staikos gave an excellent presentation of some very fine wines. People's favorites:  Many loved the depth and richness of  Ramey Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay.
September 12, 2018


"David Ramey is one of California’s best and most respected winemakers.”

– Stephen Brook, Decanter


“In my mind, Ramey is one of the top wineries in the United States.”

– Antonio Galloni, Vinous


The Napa Valley Cabernet showed excellently. But the favorite was the 2013 Annum Cabernet, which showed even better than my notes from a year ago, and extraordinary wine for the price.

One caveat when you get these wines; we decanted all of them ahead of the tasting, including the Chardonnay. They are very serious wines and it takes a while for them to open up. Try this at home.



2016 Sidebar Sauvignon Blanc; Aroma: clean herbal , nutty, leesy note; Mouth: bright acid, rather dense, spicy, clean, lemony with deeper notes; Very Good Plus 18.99; Mixed Case, 17.09; Case, 16.14

2014 Ramey Chardonnay Sonoma Coast; Aroma: rounded frrsh, plump, loioghtly oaked; Mouth: plump rather full, very rich, very full, bright acid fullish, clean lively ,strong sweet acid; Very Good Plus40; Mixed Case, 36; Case, 34

2014 Ramey Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard (Carneros) Vinous "One of flagships in David Ramey's range, the 2014 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard is also one of the creamier, richer wines in this range. Stone fruit, mint, butter and light French oak notes give the wine its voluptuous, racy personality and oily feel. There is plenty of freshness and nuance to play off the fruit." 66; Mixed Case, 59.4; Case, 56.10



2015 Ramey Claret “Medium garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Claret offers notes of blackberries, kirsch and red currants with hints of earth and dried herbs. The medium to full-bodied palate is plush, velvety and open for business, with some baking spice notes coming through on the finish.”- Wine Advocate 48; Mixed Case, 43.2; Case, 40.80

2014 Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Vinous "super-expressive today. Dark cherry, plum, smoke, tobacco, licorice and new leather flesh out in an impeccably balanced, mid-weight Cabernet Sauvignon long on class and personality. Once again, David Ramey has produced a jewel of a wine." 59; Mixed Case, 53.1; Case, 50.15

2013 Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon Annum; Aroma: very dark rather dense, heady very full, heady full, very restrained chocolate, veery rich; Mouth: very dense smooth full, very rich, fine acid tannins, clean long; Excellent -Outstanding 99; Mixed Case, 89.1; Case, 84.15


912 Ramey Case: Special, two each of the above wines - $564

9/12 Ramey Pack: Special, one each of the above wines - $298

or Mix your own

Tasting Discounts

 Any six - 11 bottles of the above for a 10% discount

 Any twelve bottles of the above for a 15% discount


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           - Len Rothenberg