Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon "Annum" 2009 (Napa Valley, California) - [RP 94-97] [ST 93] [WS 90]

Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon "Annum" 2009
(Napa Valley, California) - [RP 94-97] [ST 93] [WS 90]

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Notes From The Winemaker:

The fourth vintage of this blend, which represents our version of a “winemaker’s wine.” Having spent so much time working in Bordeaux and visiting Burgundy, the Loire and the Rhone, I’m deeply steeped in French winemaking tradition, including their orientation toward the growing site or region. Thus, all our wines are either vineyard designates or regional blends. While Annum is an appellation wine, it is the one blend we make each year that allows us to select from a range of vineyards to make the best blend possible that vintage. This fourth release is composed of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford and Diamond Mountain along with 17% Petit Verdot from our Pedregal Vineyard in Oakville. While we try not to use too much new oak, the density of this wine allowed it to spend 24 months in all new barrels, after which it was bottled without filtration. As with all of our wines, this was fermented with native yeasts and bacteria.

Ratings & Reviews


94-97 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Annum comes across as a bit restrained next to the 2008, which is not a bad thing at all. It possesses stunning depth and volume in a dramatic style that stands far apart from the super-ripe 2008. Mint, freshly cut flowers, spices and licorice are some of the notes that add complexity to the fruit. The resonant, creamy finish leaves a lasting impression. The 2009 includes a new source of fruit, Shartsis, a vineyard near Dana Estates’s home vineyard in Rutherford that comprises 55% of the blend. J. Davies (28%) and Pedregal (17%) account for the remaining 45%. The 2009 Annum is 83% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Petit Verdot. It is a great, great wine from David Ramey. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2029." - Antonio Galloni (Feb 2012)

93 Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
"Dark purple. Aromas of cherry compote, cassis and pipe tobacco, with bright mineral and spice notes gaining strength with air. Sappy, alluringly sweet dark fruit flavors show a seamless texture and excellent clarity. Suave, harmonious tannins add shape and gentle grip to the very long, focused, refreshingly bitter finish." - Josh Raynolds (May '12)

90 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Offers a baseline rich earthiness to the dried currant, beefy herb and cedar flavors, ending with chewy tannins and notes of anise and cedar. Ends with drying tannins. Best from 2014 through 2024. 386 cases made." –JL (Web Only 2012)

94 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2008 vintage)
"The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Annum is a big, super-ripe wine. This is a decidedly opulent style of Cabernet. Personally, I prefer some of the other wines in the lineup, as the Annum is especially flashy in 2008. Endless layers of dark fruit crescendo to the juicy, intensely rich finish. As outstanding as this is today, it will be even better in a few years’ time. The 2008 is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot from J. Davies and Pedregal. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2023." - Antonio Galloni (Feb 2012)

93 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine
(2008 vintage):
"Very tight, dense and backward, packing lots of fruit and tannins. The up-front flavors, built around dried currant, mineral, graphite, camphor and cedar, are slow to unfold, showing touches of loamy earth and tobacco on the finish. Best from 2013 through 2024."—J.L. (Sept 20, 2011)

92-94 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
(2008 vintage):
"The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Annum also improved dramatically from last year. Deep, sweet black currant, blackberry, camphor, truffle and graphite aromas jump from the glass of this full-bodied effort. With additional texture and layers as well as a sweet inner core of tannin backed up by extraordinary fruit, depth and glycerin, it should drink well for 15-20 years.

David Ramey also produces Syrah and Chardonnay from the Sonoma Coast, Russian River and Carneros, which will be reviewed in the February, 2011 issue. Another look at his 2007 Napa offerings essentially confirm my comments of last year. I tasted through David Ramey’s 2009 barrel samples and they all displayed the friendly, charming, upfront fruit of this vintage. In many ways, they will be even more drinkable than the 2007s and 2008s upon release, but due to the style of the vintage, they do not have quite the power, punch or concentration of those two years. However, they are charming efforts and those who sometimes find California wines too rich may want to take a serious look at this vintage." - Robert Parker (Dec 2010)

92 Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2008 vintage):
"Bright purple. Livelier and more red-fruity than the Napa Valley bottling, displaying redcurrant, cherry and floral scents along with notes of pipe tobacco and dried rose. Juicy, penetrating red and dark berry flavors show impressive purity and vivacity and pick up a spicy quality with air. Taut and linear on the fat-free finish, which lingers with excellent tenacity. This has picked up a lot of energy and high notes since I saw it last year, when it seemed much darker in character." - Josh Raynolds (May/Jun '11)

95+ Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
(2007 vintage):
"From Diamond Mountain, the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Annum possesses a dense purple color, full-bodied power, and lots of scorched earth and loamy soil notes intermixed with smoked herbs, creme de cassis, and blackberries. This rich, but backward Cabernet Sauvignon needs 4-5 years of cellaring, and should keep for 25+." - Robert Parker (12/2009)

95 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine (2007 vintage):
"A bold, rich, expansive style, offering tiers of opulent blackberry and wild berry flavors, with touches of black and red licorice and a notable rustic hot brick wall earthiness, all of it dense, focused, complex and concentrated. Ends with a long, persistent finish. Drink now through 2020. 1,700 cases made." –JL (8/31/2010)

93 Points -
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2007 vintage):
"Inky ruby. Sexy raspberry and cassis on the nose, with complicating notes of incense and cigar box. Densely packed red and dark fruit flavors are framed by chewy tannins and pick up a bitter chocolate quality with air. Showing its structure more than it did last year, finishing very long, with pungent dark berry flavors and lingering spiciness. Pretty serious stuff, and built for aging." - Josh Raynolds (May/Jun '10)