Ramey "Pedregal Vineyard" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
(Oakville, Napa Valley, California) - [VM 94] [WS 92] [ST 92]
Regular price $185.00 Sale price $159.97 Save $25.03
About the Winery:
David Ramey is unquestionably one of the most renowned winemakers in California. He has made wines and consulted for some of the top names in Napa Valley and France, including Chateau Pétrus (the world's most expensive Bordeaux), Chalk Hill, Matanzas Creek, Dominus Estate, and Rudd. He founded his namesake winery in 1996.
About this Wine:
“Pedregal” means a “rocky place” in Spanish, and that is certainly a distinguishing feature of the site. This is a small, hillside vineyard on the lower slopes of eastern Oakville has iron-rich red soil.
This year’s Pedregal is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Petit Verdot, co-fermented. The 2011 aged for 19 months in completely new French barrels (Taransaud and Darnajou). The sur lies aging with monthly bâtonnage coated the tannins and smoothly integrated the wood. As with all of Ramey's wines, it went through native yeast and malolactic fermentations. This wine combines the harmony produced by traditional Bordelaise winemaking techniques with the volumptuousness of even a cool Napa vintage.
Ratings & Reviews
"The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Pedregal Vineyard seems to have handled the challenges of the vintage brilliantly. All of the vineyard signatures come through beautifully. Incense, smoke, tobacco, wild flowers and black fruit meld together in an effortless, gracious Cabernet Sauvignon. Once again, David Ramey used a fairly high amount of Petit Verdot (24%) in the blend." - Antonio Galloni (February 2014)
92 Points - Stephen Tanzer:
"(includes 24% petit verdot): Glass-staining ruby. Heady aromas of cherry compote, pipe tobacco and vanilla bean, along with smoke and incense accents and a hint of candied rose. Fleshy and appealingly sweet, offering sappy red fruit flavors and a suave floral quality that expands with air. Velvety tannins build slowly on the finish, with the vanilla and rose notes strong echoing. Quite generous for the vintage, with the depth and structure to age." - Stephen Tanzer (May 2014)
92 Points - Wine Spectator:
"Marked by a dose of charry, smoky oak, this offers dense flavors of dark berry, currant, black licorice and dried herb. Ends with gutsy tannins and a persistent finish. Needs cellaring. Best from 2015 through 2024. 364 cases made." –JL (Nov 15, 2014)