Ramey Sonoma Coast Syrah 2009
Syrah/Shiraz from Sonoma County, California
This blend of multiple vineyards combines for a smooth, supple elegant wine which will pair well with grilled sausages, duck breast, roast pork or chicken and any sort of lamb.
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "Ramey's 2009 Syrah is bombastic. A huge powerful wine, the 2009 literally explodes from the glass with masses of dark red fruit, violets and sweet spices. This dramatic, full-throttle wine is sure to thrill readers for its explosive personality. There isn't a ton of varietal character in the glass, but on the flip side, that could make the 2009 an excellent introduction for readers just beginning to explore Syrah as the typical notes that can be a bit new to some palates are very much in the background. The 2009 is quite beautiful if taken on its own terms."
International Wine Cellar - "Dark purple. Pungent, spice-accented aromas of dark berry preserves, cherry pit, olive and cracked pepper; smells like a serious northern Rhone wine. Bright, tightly focused blackberry and cassis flavors show serious depth and surprising vivacity. A tangy mineral note adds cut to the long, sappy finish."
Following winemaking posts at Rudd, Dominus, Chalk Hill and Matanzas Creek, David Ramey and his wife, Carla began their own label in 1996 - a Chardonnay from the Hyde Vineyard. Now situated in downtown Healdsburg, Ramey Wine Cellars draws on exceptional vineyards in both Napa and Sonoma to fashion classically-styled Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay using traditional old world techniques. View all Ramey Wines
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Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about half as much wine as its northeasterly neighbor. Because of its vast size, however, Sonoma is able to achieve far more diversity within its borders, which include sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid-back and down-to-earth, but the wines are serious and well-made, ranging in style from subtle and elegant to rich and powerful. Grape varieties are more varied here, from Pinot Noir and Zinfandel to Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
Notable FactsThe largest sub-AVAs of Sonoma include Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Sonoma Valley. Each sub-AVA, with its own micro-climate, is unique in its grape varieties and styles of wine. Dry Creek makes a mean Zinfandel while Russian River produces stand up Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Alexander Valley makes some of the better Cabernet Sauvignons in the county and Sonoma Valley creates excellent wines from all the above varieties. Other grapes found throughout Sonoma include Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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