The town of Healdsburg, in Sonoma County, California, is the home to Ramey Wine Cellars. The winery produces Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah blends, as well as several Chardonnay selections.
The 2008 Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley was 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot. The wine was aged in a combination of French and American oak barrels (63% new, 37% old) for 24 months. The label listed ABV was 14.5%.
It had been a year or so since I last tasted a Ramey Cabernet. I came across the label while shopping in a local discount beverage store.
In the interest of research, I thought it time to revisit the wine.
Prior to tasting, the wine spent 1 1/2 hours in a decanter.
A sip brought big black fruit and cocoa. It was a nice sip of wine, but it was pretty one dimensional. There was no complexity, no combination of things coming together, it was simple. Prior to the arrival of food, the tannins were fairly noticeable. Consuming several glasses with nothing to eat would undoubtedly leave you leather-tongued. With food, the tannins were significantly calmer.
The finish was long, bringing with blackberry and vanilla.
This was an okay wine, but as mentioned above, it lacked complexity. There was none of the depth and balance found in many other Napa Valley Cabernets (think Oakville). I wouldn’t turn a glass down if it was offered, but it doesn’t get high marks in the taste section. This wine had no wow factor whatsoever.
The 2008 Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley cost me $45. It isn’t a great bargain at that price. While it will do in a pinch, it would not be my first selection.