August 28, 2021 - Decanted and enjoyed with a grilled ribeye and grilled vegetables. Seems hard to believe that’s been ten years since I last drank a bottle of this…David Ramey always makes a quality, cellar worthy wine. Lots of positive development while this has been “sitting”. Drinking well, but not yet at maturity: grainy tannins, blackberry liqueur, cassis, juicy black cherry, drying black plum, dark chocolate, and black stony earth. Structure is very evident leading me to believe this has still a ways to go. Can drink now, but this could improve over the next 3-5 years. Drink through 2026+.
Oh, and to those who’ve had broken corks, I used a cork puller, but still had to “hand rotate” the final 1/2 inch to preclude the cork from breaking. Be careful with these corks….🙁🙁🙁
December 31, 2020 - Waiting for it to open while lamenting another badly broken cork. Too many of these. Decanted and looking for a strainer to get rid of the cork.
Will score later.
November 27, 2020 - startling good with complexity singing right out of the bottle
one of three older cabernets had with turkey
February 20, 2020 - another broken cork, my wines are stored in a cellar with all the right conditions
I like Ramey but will not buy anymore until they fix this problem
February 11, 2020 - another busted cork, this happens a lot with the Ramey's I have been trying that are 10+ years old. I hope they fix this. I wine is not flawed but the cork floating adds more tannin than I like
September 12, 2019 - It took an hour to open up, after the cork broke. Was fairly good, though not as generous as I was expecting.
It was fine. Just not as good as I had anticipated.
December 11, 2018 - Color: As dark and fresh with no bricking at all. N: Very young, with a pronounced raspberry syrup note and dark fruit. P: Much more subdued than the nose implied, this still drank so young, with notes of dark and red fruit. Medium body with integrated tannin and mild acidity. F: Medium and smooth.
September 8, 2018 - Nice well aged and represented. Moderate depth, clean fruit. The last bottle of this I had a few years ago was almost "gritty" in the mouth. This was clean. Pleasing acidity, integrated tannins and decent length to the fruit and overall experience. Not a blockbuster but not a weak cab imitator, either. A certain sense of nobility overall? A little Bordeaux-ish IMO.
September 2, 2018 - Superb.
October 15, 2017 - This was delicious. Really in a great spot. All the richness and complex flavor we love about Napa cabs. Long finish.