Ramey Wine Tasting with Special Guest George Staikos

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 07:30 PM

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"Woke up this morning with a wine glass in my hand,
whose wine? what wine? where the hell did I dine!"

Do You Feel Like I Do by Peter Frampton

 

I drink 2 bottles every day, but I never wake up with a wine glass in my hand.  To be at the top of your game you need to be the best and if that means I need to wake up with a wine glass in my hand they maybe I need to try even harder…

I have been following California wines for over 30 years and I can tell you that David Ramey is at the top of his game. Dave is one of the most sought-after consultants in California today, in addition to having his hands in a dozen or more wines with other people’s names on the bottle, his wines are among the best wines produced in their category every year.  After several decades of making wine in California David knows where the top vineyard sites are in Napa and Sonoma are and through his relationships with growers has been able to secure some of the best grapes to put his label on.

The Wine Watch has been selling Ramey since the very beginning and have hosted tasting with David’s wines since he founded Ramey Wine Cellars with his wife Carla in 1996.  David has graced us with his presence on many occasions but the last few years he has been focused on making wine and we are happy to have his right-hand man George Staikos here to tell the story of one of one of California’s top winemakers.

Join us as we sample some of the new releases from Ramey winery with the director of sales and marketing George Staikos.  The fee for this tasting/dinner is $125 + tax for reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail andy@winewatch.com

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Ramey Vineyards Wine Tasting at Wine Watch with Special Guest George Staikos
Thursday, July 26th
7:30pm

 

Reception

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2014 Ramey Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
List $44.00           Sale $38.72

2014 was another classic vintage. A mild winter and spring caused an early bud break followed by consistent temperatures throughout the summer, promoting even ripening. We had ample hang time which in turn yielded intense varietal character and a rich texture.

Coming from these two special vineyard sites (69% Martinelli Charles Ranch Vineyard; 31% Platt Vineyard), our Sonoma Coast Chardonnays show great depth of flavor, length of finish, aromatic complexity, and a fine balance between richness and delicacy.  These two vineyards have typically cool climates, low vigor soil, and a vine selection that generate small berries, small clusters and inherently low yields.

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2014 Ramey Woolsey Road Chardonnay Russian River Valley
Price: $68.75       Sale $60.50

Coming from special vineyard sites, our Chardonnays show great depth of flavor, length of finish, aromatic complexity, and a fine balance between richness and delicacy.  Typically, the climate is cool and the soil vigor low, producing graceful yet vibrant wines.  This is our third bottling from this new site.

 

Seared Pacific Salmon with Vanilla Bourbon Butter and candied lemon segments

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2015 Ramey Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Price: $54             Sale $47.52

Winter 2015 was the warmest on record, resulting in early budbreak. Cooler, wetter weather in spring months slowed development, however, leading to a challenging, extended bloom period. The resulting uneven fruit set translated to a small crop and smaller berries with very concentrated flavors. Weather throughout the summer growing season was consistently warm, bringing on a very early harvest.

Our second Russian River Valley Pinot Noir strikes a fine balance between rich, unctuous styles and leaner, coastal styles. It is at once both elegant and delicious.

 

Lingon Berry Glazed Duck Breast with Foie Gras Mousse and Lingon Berry Crisp

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2013 Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon Annum Napa
List $108.00          Sale $95.04

The eighth vintage of this blend–it represents our version of a “winemaker’s wine.” Annum is the one red wine we make each year that allows us to select from a range of prestigious vineyards to make the best blend possible that vintage.

 

Cabernet Braised Short Rib with Mole Sauce and Creme Fraiche Mashed potatoes

 

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2014 Ramey Rodgers Creek Syrah Sonoma Coast
Price $73.50     Sale $64.68

“…Dried flowers, sage, mint, leather and smoke all add considerable aromatic nuance to this super-expressive, mid-weight Syrah. The Rodgers Creek offers a very appealing interplay of dense fruit and lifted aromatics, with enough structure to develop nicely in bottle for many years to come.” –  93pts, Antonio Galloni, vinous, April 2018

 

Harbison Ripe triple Creme Fondue with Blueberry Compote

 

 

The fee for this tasting/dinner is $125 + tax, for reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail andy@winewatch.com

 

 

A bit about Ramey Winery:

 

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A select group of winemakers can be credited with revolutionizing modern day winemaking in California. They are the innovators who, some 20 years ago, brought Old World traditions back to a New World that had thrown in its lot with university scientists to make squeaky clean wines largely devoid of character. The goal of these new wave winemakers was to put terroir back into the bottle and create wines of unique distinction.

David Ramey is widely acknowledged to be among the wine pioneers whose efforts helped raise the bar for all American winemakers and brought California to the forefront of the international wine world. David’s groundbreaking work with indigenous yeasts and malolactic and barrel fermentation yielded a new California style that was richer, more lush and silky smooth than previously known. As a result, he created a benchmark style now emulated by many.

At first, David followed a traditional path and received a graduate degree from the University of California at Davis, where his 1979 thesis on volatile ester hydrolysis (translation: how flavors evolve in wine) is still used today to unveil certain vinous mysteries. But shortly afterwards, a stint working for the Moueix family at the renowned Chateau Pétrus introduced David to the time-honored methods of winemaking in France. He brought his lessons home and applied them to the grapes he found growing in California’s premier wine regions.

David Ramey started his career in wine with little more than a degree in enology and a dream. Then, after nearly two decades of creating benchmark wines for such California wineries as Matanzas Creek, Chalk Hill, Dominus and Rudd, David Ramey and his wife Carla founded Ramey Wine Cellars in 1996. “Owning one’s own winery is the dream of every winemaker,” David says, looking back on the path that led him to build his own. It took time, planning and a profound understanding of how best to bring together all the elements—from the grapes, to the winery materials, and a top-notch team of professionals—to make it all work.

Ramey Wine Cellars is located off the town square in the quaint Sonoma County town of Healdsburg. It is a sleek, efficient, no-frills work space dedicated exclusively to making the highest quality wines possible. “In our own winery, we’re not distracted, as I had been, by the ongoing and changing needs of an employer,” David notes. “At Ramey Wine Cellars, we try to foster a team environment where everybody feels empowered to contribute and make a difference in both winery operations and the wine itself. My hope is to create an atmosphere of great opportunity for all.”

The winery produces authentic, hand-crafted wines made in an Old World tradition--coupled with New World innovation and California terroir. Owned exclusively by David and his wife Carla, grapes are sourced from vineyards with which David has worked for many years.  Their next project will be to purchase land and develop their own vineyards.

Ramey Wine Cellars, which David owns with his wife, Carla, was founded in 1996. Currently, David continues to “swing for the fences,” as he likes to say. To make great wines, he takes chances, harvesting his grapes at the last possible moment and using methods in the cellar that his former college professors consider risky at best. The resulting wines are praised among colleagues, consumers and the media alike. David serves on the board of Family Winemakers of California and the executive board of Communicating for Agriculture and the Self-employed.  He lives with his family in Glen Ellen, not far from the Ramey Wine Cellars winery in Healdsburg.

 

Everything from Ramey that we have in the store.

 

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2014 Ramey Chardonnay Russian River Valley
List $44.00           Sale $38.72

(90 Points) Ramey 2014 Chardonnay Russian River has an understated nose of ripe apples and apricots with a creamy/yeasty undercurrent. The medium-bodied palate provides nice richness, with plenty of pure stone fruit and citrusy flavors supported by refreshing acidity, finishing long and creamy.  Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

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2014 Ramey Chardonnay Platt Vineyard
Price: $69.75       Sale $61.38

“…Medium-bodied with great richness and depth in the mouth, it has a lovely creamy texture offset by a wicked backbone of freshness, finishing long with mineral and savory/yeasty layers.” 95 pts – Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate, March 2017

 

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2014 Ramey Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard Sonoma Valley
Price: $69.75       Sale $61.38

Situated directly in the center of the Russian River appellation, our block of Kent Ritchie's vineyard was planted in 1972 to the old Wente selection. Widely spaced—the fashion at the time—these old vines with their gnarly trunks produce tiny quantities of grapes per vine. The benchland soil is pure Goldridge Loam, common to great vineyards in this part of the Russian River Valley.

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2013 Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
List $63.00           Sale $55.44

“Another delicious wine, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is a terrific example of the year. Creamy and beautifully layered on the palate, the 2013 captures all of the pedigree of this great vintage in a style that offers a bit more immediacy than many other wines. Best of all, the Cabernet Sauvignon is a remarkable value. Bright red stone fruit, mint, white flowers and tobacco add nuance on the silky yet powerful finish.” – 92pts, Antonio Galloni, vinous, February 2016

 

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2013 Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon Pedregal Napa Valley
List $107.75         Sale $94.82

(95 Points) From Oakville, the 2013 Pedregal Vineyard is usually the top Cabernet Sauvignon. A classic nose of cedar wood, forest floor, blackcurrants and loamy earth notes is followed by a wine of stunning intensity, full-bodied potency, beautiful purity and length. There is plenty of tannin, but the extravagant richness seems to cover it up extremely well.  Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

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2014 Ramey Claret Napa
Price: $44.00       Sale $38.72

This is one of the producer's deepest value propositions, a well-made, robustly approachable and accessible wine made from 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 7% Malbec, 3% Syrah, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. Soft and firmly integrated, it's perfumed and floral, with layers of dark cherry and tobacco that evolve with grace in the glass.

 

 

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2014 Ramey Syrah Sonoma Coast
Price: $45.00       Sale $39.60

Our 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.