Like the “Pedregal,” this wine also comes primarily from the hillsides of eastern Oakville, and has a dollop of Cabernet Franc for complexity. Jeb Dunnuck loved the wine’s “Pauillac-like style in its graphite, blackcurrant, lead pencil and tobacco aromatics, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Annum is a full-bodied, concentrated, seamless 2014.”
David Ramey is one of the true aces of winemaking in California. While he had an established track record at Matanzas Creek, Chalk Hill and Dominus, we first got to know him well during his stint at Oakville’s Rudd Estate, where he helped take the project into the stratosphere with his work in the vineyard and cellar. In 1996, he and his wife Carla launched Ramey Wine Cellars, which has since become phenomenally successful on the strength of David’s rare winemaking skill. Ramey is a classicist and a Burgundian at heart; his wines are pure, frank, and unmanipulated. The Chardonnays go straight from the press to the barrel, and undergo malolactic fermentation and lees-stirring in barrel. The quality here is first-rate, and will appeal to lovers of great French wines.
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Annum delivers bags of ripe blackcurrants, black plums and mulberries scents with touches of cigar box, dusty soil, black olives and lavender. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a rock-solid structure of grainy tannins and superb freshness framing the muscular fruit, finishing long and layered.
With a Pauillac-like style in its graphite, blackcurrant, lead pencil and tobacco aromatics, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Annum is a full-bodied, concentrated, seamless 2014 that’s very much in the style of the 2014 vintage. Despite the upfront charm, it has plenty of underlying tannin and structure and is going to evolve beautifully for 15-20 years. This cuvée is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Cabernet Franc, aged all in new oak.