Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Label
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Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2017

14.50% /
750ml /
Vintage: 2017
  • WS 90
  • WE 95
  • WA 95
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Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2017 is an exceptional wine crafted by Ramey Wine Cellars under the expertise of renowned winemaker David Ramey. This wine showcases the unique terroir of Napa Valley, with its complex geology and soil composition. The grapes for this wine are sourced from the base of the valley, where the broken down or decomposed rock from the Vaca and Mayacamas ranges intermingle with silt, clay, and gravel deposits from the Napa River flood plain.

Composed primarily of Cabernet Sauvignon, with smaller proportions of Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc, this wine exhibits a deep ruby color that entices the senses. The nose is greeted with enticing aromas of Morello cherries, chocolate, mushrooms, savory herbs, and a hint of pipe tobacco, as noted by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.

On the palate, the wine’s refined tannins, coated through aging sur lies with bâtonnage, deliver a tight and textured experience. Flavors of black currant, crushed rock, and a touch of toasted oak contribute to the wine’s rich profile. The integration of 60% new French oak barrels from Taransaud and Demptos lends subtle complexity and enhances the overall structure. Native-yeast and malolactic fermentations further elevate the wine’s character and depth.

Wine Enthusiast awards this wine an impressive 95 points, praising its intense flavor and texture, along with accents of cedar, char, and celery salt. Similarly, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate awards it 95 points, highlighting its powdery and plush full-bodied palate, layered finish, and alluring streaks of herbal character. Wine Spectator, with a score of 90 points, commends its mellow and understated profile, featuring notes of gently mulled cherry, red licorice, sweet bay leaf, and worn cedar.

Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2017 is a testament to Ramey Wine Cellars’ commitment to producing exceptional wines that showcase the best of Napa Valley. With its harmonious blend of varietals and meticulous craftsmanship, this wine can be enjoyed now or cellared for a few more years to enhance its already impressive qualities.

75 reviews for Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2017

  1. Cindy Williams

    Tasty MW 2017 Cabernet from the Americas with a nose and palate of blackberry, black cherry, and ash. Medium/big body, slightly fruit-forward, and mouth-filling fruit. Needs 2 years to peak drinking time with a medium/long finish.

  2. Mary Geer

    Soft and ripe cab with savory notes, but a possible sulfur issue causing a mushroomy taste. A bit dilute.

  3. Lori Johnston

    Recommend decanting for 1-1.5 hours. Nose of dark red fruits and oak, with a hint of green that disappears with air. Medium-bodied with balancing acidity, medium finish, and medium to minus tannins. Not very complex, needs another year in the cellar, will hold for several years after.

  4. Jonathan Portwood

    Balanced and well-made with good fruit, spice, and slight herbal notes. Elegant with tannic grip. Nicely balanced but not very complex. 90-92.

  5. Samuel Gerace

    Flavors of black fruit, pepper, baking spice, and licorice with a long finish on well-integrated tannins.

  6. Joseph Wallace

    Tasty wine with grape notes and a hint of Bloody Mary.

  7. Jose Brown

    2015 vintage needs cellar time, tannic and complicated, 2016 likely better.

  8. Patricia Smith

    Great potential. Decant for 4 hours if opened soon.

  9. Josephine Snyder

    Balanced and well-made with small berry notes typical of 2015 and a hint of cedar oak. Enjoyable for the next decade.

  10. Jeffery Colon

    Unclear if chaotic or improving with age.

  11. Erica Waters

    Review: Cave wine, not recommended.

  12. Richard Morgan

    Subpar taste, not as good as the 2014s. Not a strong cab.

  13. Susan Smith

    Complexity of blackberry, camphor, cassis, black cherry and cigar box. Medium-bodied with polished tannins and a medium-long finish. Decant or wait a year. Drink 2021 – 2033.

  14. Shawn Hooper

    Fruit forward with inky complexity, medium acidity, and lingering tannins. Can be cellared or enjoyed now.

  15. Phillip Marlin

    Improved on second night.

  16. Jo Nevin

    Great Cabernet Sauvignon with ripe fruit that represents the vintage perfectly. Perfect time to drink. Cheers.

  17. Jeffery Mansfield

    Great QPR wine with dark fruit, pencil lead, and mid-palate depth. Slightly cloying towards the end.

  18. Patrick Little

    Dark garnet with spicy vanilla nose. Ripe, round cab fruit with chewy tannins. Best within few years. 91/100.

  19. Mina Jones

    Classic style Cab with cassis, cherry, cedar, and cacao notes. Medium body with good acidity, white pepper finish. Great food wine.

  20. Karen Pena

    “Earthy old world style. Enjoy now or cellar for later.”

  21. Teresa Lynch

    Medium dark garnet red. Rich dark fruit nose. Flavors build to reveal pleasant dark red fruit flavors. This wine in more in the style of Bordeaux.

  22. Mathew Morehead

    Excellent 2015 wine found at Costco, ready to drink. Cheers!

  23. Elijah Peterson

    Fun and enjoyable drinking. Bright red cherry and spice with a subtle oak finish. Not too restrained nor bombastic.

  24. Emilia Tu

    Balanced and drinkable, but oak is still present.

  25. Juanita Sarkin

    Disappointing, thin and washed out. Second bottle was the same, not a one-off issue.

  26. Jessie Willard

    Precise tannins and focused purity on the nose make this Cabernet blend a weighty and complex wine.

  27. Peter Plantz

    Great value for money. Decanted for an hour, enjoyed over 4. Evolved nicely, no rush to drink. Nice notes of red and black fruit. Will wait a year or two to try again.

  28. Patricia Collins

    One-dimensional and oak-heavy after 6 years. Bought a case on closeout, hoping the remaining 9 bottles will improve.

  29. Elizabeth Peterson

    Nice blend and flavor with fruity and spicy notes. Drinkable now, but can improve with more time in the cellar.

  30. Lois Skinner

    Ripe modern Margaux nose. Soft, rich and straightforward taste. Lacks a bit of complexity but still enjoyable.

  31. Dennis Patterson

    There’s a line between California sunshine and Bordeaux tradition. This wine doesn’t just straddle the line, it stands right on top of the line. First impression is the exuberance of California, but it is reigned in with structure, as well as additional flavor elements from the blending components that bring notes of earth and green. The oak influence is moderate, and subservient to the fruit. Overall there’s balance for aging, but it’s also a pleasing drink today. I would hope to be able to leave a couple of bottles for 10-15 years of additional cellar time, but I doubt I will be that patient. In the context of Napa Valley Cabernet this is an outstanding value at $65 list price.

  32. George Hernandez

    California valley wine, full-bodied and perfect with food.

  33. Dan Bergeron

    Contrary to positive notes on CT, tasted watered-down, flabby, plain. Bad bottle?

  34. Steven Hill

    Garnet-colored wine with fast legs and no sediment. Smells like blackberry, black currant, and medium toast. Full-bodied with a round texture and medium acidity. Finishes medium.

  35. Edith Yost

    Soft, fruit-forward with dark plum & black cherry notes. Adequate tannins and soft finish. Perfect with 2016 Ch d’Armailhac.

  36. Charles Seng

  37. Anthony Vanmeter

    Decant for a rounder taste. Notes of black plum, cherry, and dried herbs.

  38. Harry Hollabaugh

    Vibrant with cherry, strawberry, and dark plum notes. Smooth finish.

  39. Michelle Gross

    Balanced wine with jammy fruit and tannins. Perfect to drink now.

  40. Tony Tarver

    Excellent juice with lovely blue fruit, savory flavors of sandalwood, mocha and bay leaf. Benefits from an hour or two of air. Pairs well with food.

  41. Harold Williams


  42. Vernon Moman

    Good wine that opens up well, ready to drink. Good value for money from Costco. Would purchase again.

  43. William Shaver

    Deep magenta color. Aromas of peanut butter, black cherry, and porcini. Smooth, dry taste with full tannins and a long finish.

  44. Fred Long

    PNP. Cherry nose with cedar. Blue fruit, sour medium finish. High alcohol, smooth tannins. Young, re-try tomorrow. Potential for improvement.

  45. Tim Adams

    Balanced fruit and terroir. Dominated by violets and blue fruit with hints of cherry. Value for money at $55, despite 14.5% alcohol bite. Open for business.

  46. Susie Garcia

    Delicious wine with balanced fruit flavors. Smooth initially and improved with aeration.

  47. Marie Peyser

    Aging nicely. 2015’s are a delight. Balanced with good fruit, light tannins and acidity. Enjoy now or in the next few years. Cheers.

  48. Robin Aiello

    Med ruby with red licorice, black & morello cherry, blackberry, red raspberry, caraway seed, lavender, tomato leaf, menthol & smoked sage notes. Medium bodied with red & black cherry, black plum, red & black raspberry, bitter chocolate, & unsweetened Turkish coffee. Tannins are med with nice grip and good balance & acidity. (91+)

  49. Flora Bryan

    French nose meets American body: fresh, mildew, chocolate, cherries, cedar, velvety.

  50. Tanya Beauregard

    ’16 cab with good depth, balance & acidity. Needs more time than others from this vintage. Fair price.

  51. Paulette Hernandez

    Enjoy now.

  52. Randy Swank

    Color is good. Texture is nice. Overly acidic. Won’t repurchase.

  53. Linh Fuller

    No formal note. Excellent now. 91-92. Lost to Caymus 2015.

  54. Joe Mccoy

    Moderately fruity with sweet cherry, cedar, and spice flavors. Well-integrated tannins and gentle oak with a medium-long finish. Highly recommended.

  55. Ethel Thomas

    Decant for optimal experience. Notes of cedar, smoke, cinnamon, and cherry.

  56. John Ochoa

    Flat and low on acidity.

  57. Sherri Green

    2016 Dave Ramey Cali Cab is traditional and elegant with a great finish. Noticeable oak needs some age to integrate. Evolves favorably for at least a decade.

  58. Anne Dillard

    Blind tasting, integrated nose of oak and blueberry pie. Cassis, dark fruit, and a finish of vanilla. Probably a $100 Napa Cabernet from 2016. 91 rating, drink now or hold for 2-3 years at most.

  59. Daniel Golden

    Serious with blackberry, cassis, vegetable notes, and vanilla. High acidity, oak, and chocolate finish. 2015 Napa. $80-100. 91. Drink now with a decant through 2030.

  60. Jeffrey Valine

    Great value for California Cabernet Sauvignon. Balanced dark fruit with a smooth, long finish. Pairs well with prime ribeye and truffle fries. Not overly complex, but satisfying.

  61. Christina Mull

    “Best after decanting for 2 hours.”

  62. Merrill Yu

    Deep ruby red with notes of tobacco and earth. Savory with dark fruit flavors, and tannins that make your mouth pucker. Not 100% cabernet sauvignon, more like petit verdot. Not my taste, but not bad overall.

  63. James Parker

    Acidic, age until 2026.

  64. Charles Small

    Great wine. Repeat purchase.

  65. Luis Gilbert

    Well-balanced and ready to drink. Minimal decanting required. Opens up nicely in the glass. Cheers!

  66. Alice Moses

    Cherry, tobacco, and cedar notes. Opens nicely.

  67. Kendra Ash

    Cocktail: Too strong. With food: Delicious.

  68. Albertha Repinski

    Fruit-forward nose, with plum, currants, and cassis on the palate. Short finish, may improve with aging.

  69. Josephine Locke

    Bold and robust, with a dry finish.

  70. Angela Baldwin

    Wonderful cab with gentle berry flavors and no harsh notes.

  71. Ida Coulston

    very nice and ready

  72. Bradley Mckenzie

    Excellent winemaking by David Ramey. Dark berries, currants, raspberry. Moderate tannins, a bit bitter. Decant or wait a few years to ease tannins.

  73. Leonard Johnston

    Smooth and pleasant.

  74. Aaron Bloomfield

    Decent for the first two days, but excellent on the third day with softened tannins and low acidity. However, not much left in the bottle.

  75. Kristyn Simple

    Napa cabernet with dark fruit, balanced oak, great acidity, tannins, medium-bodied, live mouthfeel, and long finish after an hour decant.

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Critical Acclaim

WS 90
Wine Spectator
This has started to mature already, with a mellow and understated profile of gently mulled cherry, red licorice, sweet bay leaf and worn cedar gliding through the subtly persistent finish. Nicely done for the vintage. Drink now through 2029. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.
WE 95
Wine Enthusiast
This is a great appellation wine blended with small amounts of Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Cedar, char and celery salt accent tight, refined tannins that grip the palate with intense flavor and texture. Black currant, crushed rock and a hint of toasted oak also contribute.
WA 95
Wine Advocate
The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is blended with 10% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc. It has a deep ruby color and fragrance of Morello cherries, chocolate, mushrooms, savory herbs and pipe tobacco. The full-bodied palate is powdery and plush with soft, alluring streaks of herbal character and a long, layered finish. It could still use a few years in bottle.

What does Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2017 taste like?

Earthy Flavors of the wine

leather, earthy, mushroom

Red Fruit flavors of the wine

cherry, raspberry, red fruit

Oaky Flavors of the wine

oak, tobacco, vanilla

apple, pear, peach

Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

blackberry, plum, dark fruit

Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

pepper, licorice, cinnamon

Citrus notes found in the wine

citrus, lemon, grapefruit

cheese, cream, yeast

Vegetal notes found in the wine

asparagus, green bell pepper, bell pepper

raisin, fig, prune

Floral aromas found in the wine

violet, lavender, perfume

Food Pairing with Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2017

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