2014 Ramey 'Rodgers Creek' Syrah Sonoma Coast

$64.95
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This is stunning Syrah, growing on white volcanic ash high in the Petaluma Gap. Pour this blind, in a lineup with elite producers of Côte-Rôtie, and nobody would bat a single eyelash. And don’t take our word for it: it’s “a blockbuster effort that reminds me of a good vintage of the Côte Rôtie La Mouline from Guigal. Awesome notes of incense, lavender, bacon fat, and spring flowers gives way to a full-bodied, voluptuous Syrah that has a sexy, seamless texture, sweet tannin, and a big finish. This cuvée saw 10% Viognier and is an exotic, intense, superstar of a Syrah readers should snatch up.” – Jeb Dunnuck

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.

Varietal:
Syrah
Winemaker:
David Ramey
Vintage:
2014
Aging:
25 months
Oak Treatment:
French Oak; 100% new
Appellation:
Napa Valley
Sub-Appellation:
Sonoma Coast
Vineyard:
Rodgers
Total Varietal Composition %:
90% Syrah and 10% Viognier, co-fermented
Alcohol %:
15.0%
SKU #:
1WRAM14SY3RODGERS
WA93

Wine Advocate

The 2014 Syrah Rodgers Creek Vineyard is medium garnet-purple in color and reveals a very pretty perfume of kirsch, chocolate-covered cherries and mulberries with hints of potpourri, Provence herbs and fungi. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a beautiful velvety texture and wonderful freshness supporting the elegant perfumed layers, finishing on a compelling mineral note.

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Jeb Dunnuck

A step up, the 2014 Syrah Rodgers Creek Vineyard is a blockbuster effort that reminds me of a good vintage of the Côte Rôtie La Mouline from Guigal. Awesome notes of incense, lavender, bacon fat, and spring flowers gives way to a full-bodied, voluptuous Syrah that has a sexy, seamless texture, sweet tannin, and a big finish. This cuvée saw 10% Viognier and is an exotic, intense, superstar of a Syrah readers should snatch up. 587 cases.