Sunday, May 13, 2012
Ramey Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Wine Review (NW)
Black cherry, anise, and earthy notes on the nose
Full bodied and moderately firm texture on the palate
Nicely integrated dried currants, roasted herbs, and smoky cedar on the finish
For Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a very good, refined, classy style. I don't get too worked up over the style debate surrounding Napa Cab, because with the incredible variety of well made wine there's a place for almost anything. Big, high alcohol Cabs don't scare me off and the austere, old-world styles are also welcomed at my table. I mention this because Ramey somehow strikes the middle ground beautifully, with good fruit and rich texture while being somewhat refined and restrained. Let the debate continue but know that some wines reside in the middle and, well, they're worth seeking out.
Pair this one with roasted meat or stew and enjoy sipping through the evening. Expect to pay around $45 or so, and raise a glass!