From master craftsman David Ramey, this red blend is a composite of 44% Cabernet Sauvignon,20% Merlot, 14% Malbec, 12% Petit Verdot and a touch of Syrah and Cabernet Franc from various appellations in Napa Valley and Sonoma. The Ramey Claret follows the Bordelaise model of blending different Bordeaux varietals to achieve one distinctive goal. The color is deep cherry with plum edges. The aromatics combine blackberry, ripe cherry, violets, cedar and saddle leather with an earthy edge. There is a whisper of nutmeg and vanilla. The palate is medium-bodied with layers of ripened fruit that adds to the Claret’s complexity. The tannins are there but finely grained and juicy. The fresh acidity and minerality help the finish remain long and caressing. This has been one of my staple California reds going back to the 2007 vintage. The quality year after year is mostly consistent regardless of the vintage. This is the mark of great winemaking by David Ramey. It shows well young but will age beautifully 3 + years.
By Perry Miroballi