Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon Pedregal Vineyard 2015
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Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon Pedregal Vineyard 2015 is a remarkable wine crafted by the renowned Ramey Wine Cellars, under the expert guidance of winemaker David Ramey. Named after the rocky site it hails from, Pedregal Vineyard is nestled on the lower slopes of eastern Oakville, where its 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Petit Verdot vines thrive in the iron-rich red soil composed of 85% basalt rock.
The 2015 growing season presented unique challenges, beginning with the warmest winter on record, which led to an early bud break. Subsequently, cooler and wetter spring weather resulted in an extended bloom period, ultimately yielding a small crop with concentrated flavors due to uneven fruit set. Throughout the warm summer months, the grapes basked in consistent warmth, leading to an exceptionally early harvest.
This vintage showcases a composition of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Petit Verdot, co-fermented to enhance complexity. The wine underwent native-yeast and full natural malolactic fermentations, accentuating its authenticity. Afterward, it was aged for an impressive 23 months sur lies, with bi-monthly bâtonnage, to gracefully integrate the tannins and harmonize with the new French oak barrels (Taransaud) used in the aging process. The wine was bottled without filtration, preserving its inherent character.
Jeb Dunnuck awarded this wine an outstanding 96 points, praising its resemblance to Pauillac with notes of lead pencil shavings, spring flowers, mineral nuances, and a medley of red and black fruits. Its full-bodied richness, layered texture, and remarkable purity affirm its status as a classic Napa Cabernet in the inimitable style of David Ramey. This exceptional wine promises enjoyment over the next two decades.
With a score of 95 points from Wine Enthusiast, this classically made wine captivates with its grippy structure and Old-World characteristics. Its cedar, pencil shavings, and dried herb aromas intermingle with hints of clove, peppercorn, and a sanguine meatiness. Firm, integrated tannins and oak lead to a lasting finish, making it an age-worthy wine to savor from 2025 to 2030.
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate also lauded this vintage with 94+ points, praising its deep ruby-purple hue and enticing aromas of mint chocolate, cedar, and toasted cardamom. Dense and rich on the palate, it exhibits ripe, grainy tannins, balanced acidity, and a long, concentrated finish. While approachable now, this wine will benefit from further bottle aging.
Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon Pedregal Vineyard 2015, earning 94 points from Wine Spectator, impresses with its sage, mint, and sassafras aromas, accompanied by luscious raspberry and plum fruit. Its suave texture and seductive lingering finish make it an enchanting wine to enjoy from 2020 to 2030.
Vinous rates this wine with 93+ points, noting its mid-weight character and layered frame filled with red cherry, red plum, chocolate, and licorice flavors. While it may currently be in a restrained phase, with patience, this captivating Cabernet will further evolve and develop in the bottle.
Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon Pedregal Vineyard 2015 showcases the dedication of Ramey Wine Cellars and winemaker David Ramey to produce a stunning wine that exudes elegance, complexity, and the distinctive terroir of Pedregal Vineyard.