Perched on a rolling hillside, where the San Francisco Bay meets the edges of Napa and Sonoma counties, Ram’s Gate Winery considers themselves the gateway to Wine Country. It’s certainly among the most beautiful spots in Sonoma County, designed by Howard Backen in the luxury-rustic style that perfectly fits a world of wine that starts in the soil and ends on white tablecloths. Established in 2011, the winery has been on a decade of discovery, experimenting with the bounty of their 28-acre estate and crafting personality-driven wines from cherished terroirs. They are in the process of moving towards a sustainable, organic model under the stewardship of Director of Winemaking, Joe Nielson, as he takes their portfolio of reds, whites and roses to the next level.
Given 16 months in 34% new French oak, with a small percentage of whole-cluster fermentation, this wine is earthy and fresh in tangy, tart strawberry and rhubarb. Thick tannins wrap around and provide structure and breadth without overt weight, allowing the wine to finish in sage and dried herb.