David Ramey’s years of experience and innovation have cemented his reputation as one of the world’s finest winemakers.
This exquisite lot comes from Rodgers Creek Vineyard. Jancis Robinson wrote of this unique site: “Their block is at 800 feet (245 m) elevation in the southwest of this site with its poor volcanic soils on the western, Pacific-facing side of Sonoma Mountain, so battered by wind and cooled nightly by marine fogs that it is regularly the last vineyard the Ramey team picks. Yields are rarely more than two tons per acre and a small amount of Viognier is included in the ferment, following the tradition of Côte Rôtie…”
This unique lot was fermented in 60-gallon French oak barrels. True to the Syrahs of the northern Rhône, this wine was co-harvested and fermented with 7.4% Viognier. The flavors and textures are finely sketched with gorgeous vibrancy, tension and energy. Graphite, pencil shavings, smoke, blackberry jam and lavender notes add complexity on the chiseled finish.
After a light fining using traditional methods, these five cases (ten six-packs) will be hand bottled without filtration in February 2019. True to the Ramey style, you will find this unique Syrah to be the perfect balance of Old World techniques and the best New World fruit.