Ramey "Pedregal Vineyard" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 (Oakville, Napa Valley, California) - [RP 93-95] [WS 93] [ST 94]

Ramey "Pedregal Vineyard" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(Oakville, Napa Valley, California) - [RP 93-95] [WS 93] [ST 94]

Regular price $268.00 Sale price $199.98 Save $68.02

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Notes From The Winemaker:

Our fifth vintage from this small, outstanding vineyard on the lower slopes of the eastern Oakville hills. “Pedregal” means a rocky place in Spanish, and that is certainly a distinguishing feature of the site. During 2008 we agreed to a long-term lease of this vineyard which gives us complete control even through any change in ownership, so this is the first vintage we’ve directed farming ourselves (we converted to organic). Aging the 2008 on its fine lees has coated the tannins and smoothly integrated the wood, and we left this vintage 26 months in completely new barrels—yet it’s hard to find the oak. The Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot (16%) were harvested in two passes two days apart and co-fermented. As with all of our wines, this was fermented with native yeasts and bacteria and bottled without filtration.

Ratings & Reviews

93-95 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"Not surprisingly, the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Pedregal has also improved after a year in barrels. A wine of undeniable richness and intensity, this blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Petit Verdot exhibits notes of graphite, blackberries, black currants, scorched earth/burning embers, white chocolate and cedar. It tastes like a hypothetical blend of a Bordeaux Pauillac and Graves, but with the intensity and opulent fruit of Napa Valley well-displayed. It should be more approachable than the 2007 when it is released, yet last just as long, 20-30+ 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)

93 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"A rich, potent, tightly wound and focused effort, with tiers of mineral, currrant, dried berry, sage, black licorice and toasty herb flavors. This unfolds slowly, opening gradually to more layers and dimensions. Best from 2013 through 2022. From California."—J.L.

94 Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar:
"Inky purple.  Highly perfumed aromas of blackcurrant, cherry-cola, cracked pepper, roasted coffee and rose oil.  Then suave and expansive in the mouth, with an alluring sweetness to the complex flavors of dark berry preserves, candied licorice and tobacco.  This rich but energetic cabernet really stains the palate but shows no excess weight.  Finishes sweet and extremely long, with resonating floral and cherry notes." - Josh Raynolds (May/June '11)

92-94 Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar:
"Glass-staining ruby. Spicy, intensely perfumed cherry, blackberry and dried flowers on the nose, with a hint of vanilla adding complexity. Juicy and deeply concentrated dark berry flavors are firmed by chewy tannins and pick up notes of licorice and chewing tobacco with air. The finish clings with real grip and leaves smoke and spice notes in its wake. Showing a lot of power today and clearly a wine for the long haul." - Josh Raynolds (May/June '10)

97+ Points -
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2007 vintage):
"Ramey's sensational 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Pedregal is a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Petit Verdot. Notions of blueberry pie, charcoal, camphor, blackberry, cassis, and smoky oak are followed by a wine with sizeable tannins as well as structure. The extravagant fruit, richness, and intensity result in a remarkable, young Cabernet Sauvignon from one of Napa-s finest areas, the Oakville Corridor. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2035. Drink 2013 - 2035"
-The Wine Advocate, December 2009, Issue 186

96 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine (2007 vintage):
"Ripe and powerful, rich and chewy, with a dense core of loamy earth, caraway, dried currant, savory herb and mineral notes. Fullbodied, intense, chunky and deep, with a rich, persistent finish. Best from 2011 through 2017."—J.L. (08/11/2010)