2018 Ramey Syrah Sonoma Coast
Sonoma Coast, California
92% Syrah and 8% Viognier, co-fermented. Fermented in tank as 75% destemmed fruit with 25% whole clusters. Spontaneous, native-yeast and malolactic fermentations. After aging sur lies for 18 months in 55% new French barrels from François Frères and Taransaud.
Ramey's Syrahs are grown in the cool climate of the Sonoma Coast which offers a style reminiscent of the Northern Rhone regions of Hermitage and Cornas: aromas and flavors of smoked meat, white pepper, green olive and grapefruit, coupled with a silky texture and savory flavor.
98 points, Wine Enthusiast. "This is an outstanding vintage of this wine: sinewy and seductive in black pepper, garrigue and brooding black fruit. Made from grapes grown at both Cole Creek Vineyard and Rodgers Creek, it is sublime in texture and complex in structure, with lasting layers of smoked meat, citrus and olive."
Ramey Wine Cellars was founded in 1996 by David Ramey and his wife Carla. After sixteen years making wine in Sonoma County, and firmly establishing Matanzas Creek and Chalk Hill wineries in the marketplace, David crossed the Mayacamas to spend six years in the Napa Valley–first as winemaker for Dominus Estate and project manager for the construction of their new winery; then helping Leslie Rudd reshape the Girard Winery into Rudd Oakville.
Over the years, David has helped pioneer traditional, artisan winemaking techniques in California during a period when making wine by the University book was the norm. His efforts have helped shape the way many wines in the United States are made today, including the elimination of skin contact for most white grapes; the use of oxidized juice in making white wine; sur lie aging of white wines in barrel; malolactic fermentation of Chardonnay; native yeast fermentation; harvesting fully mature fruit; eliminating acidification of red wines, and bottling without filtration.