Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon Pedregal Vineyard
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Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon Pedregal Vineyard 2015

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Vintage: 2015
  • WS 94
  • WE 95
  • WA 94
  • JD 96
  • VIN 93
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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.

75 reviews for Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon Pedregal Vineyard 2015

  1. Fatima Johnson

    Superbly dry, elegant, complex, and balanced. Outshines 2008, slightly milder than 2007.

  2. Preston Yoder

    Review: Full-bodied, concentrated flavors of dark cherry, plum, espresso, dark chocolate, toasted vanilla, and oak. Long, persistent finish with hints of dried herbs and Oakville earth. Expensive, but worth it. Drink from 2018 to 2030. 95 Pts.

  3. Betty Lopez

    Concentrated fruit, structure, depth, richness, and impeccable balance; aromas of cassis, dark plums, roasted herbs, mocha, heirloom tomato and anise.

  4. Ernesto Pullen

    Cabernet Sauvignon dominant with Petit Verdot blend from Oakville Vineyards. Full-bodied, dark purple, black fruit, earthy, and vanilla undertones. Young with firm tannins and great long finish.

  5. Joni Sparks

    High-toned, vanilla, dark fruit, and earth. Full-bodied but light. Fruit-forward, elegant, and soft. Long finish with fine tannins and great balance.

  6. Christopher Dolan

    Red brilliance. Nose of blackberry, floral, blueberry, and spice. Palate has chocolate, pepper, saline, blackberry, black currants, and soil. Finish is medium acid and tannins.

  7. Ella Ferrer

    Fruit-forward with a leathery finish and high alcohol content – 15%. New world style. BAM!

  8. Vincent Guglielmi

    Dark fruit and high alcohol (15%) but lacks elegance and complexity. Expensive at $225. Joseph Phelps Insignia may be better and Mondavi Reservé offers better value. Needs 5-6 days of air to show potential. 91-93 pts.

  9. Donna Mckneely

    Cab had nice texture, but too much oak muted the aromatics. Improved over time.

  10. Emily Barden

    Silky mouthfeel, notes of green bell pepper, dark cherry, cassis, and smoke. Elegant blend, great job in a tough vintage.

  11. Lucile Effinger

    Tasting Notes: Herbal, grilled bell pepper, wet slate, burnt greens. Sharp vegetable tones with a long finish. Promising elegance and complexity. Drink after late 2017.

  12. Thomas King

    Delicate, yet packed.

  13. Evelyn Muzzey

    Day 1: tight and wound up. Day 2: still wired. Day 4: OMG, singing! Beautiful Napa cab, rich and balanced with a long finish. Cassis, herbs, spice, black & blue fruits. Lovely effort.

  14. Andrew Lawson

    Napa Cabernet with intense aromas of black fruit, oak, and spice. Youthful and robust with a medium (+) finish. Needs 3-5 more years of aging.

  15. Carl Yu

    Vintage has led to a wine with green bell pepper and herby notes. Great mouth coating fruit with seamless silky tannins and a long finish.

  16. Gwen Austin

    Ramey Wine is a consistently good choice. This wine has a rich mouthfeel with notes of ripe dark fruits, blackberry liqueur, and chocolate. With a little more aging, it will drink well for 20 years.

  17. Richard Hamrick

    Light with slight olive undertones. Medium minus color and low intensity fruit notes.

  18. Beatrice Garrett

    2013 MW Institute American Cabernet Tasting: black cherry and cassis on the nose and palate, big body, taster-friendly, rich fruit, needs 4 years to peak and can age 20 years, long finish. Delicious.

  19. Louis House

    Fruit-forward with blackcurrant, plums, tobacco, and vanilla. Fresh acidity with chewy tannins and notes of ink, cedar, and menthol. Oak dominates the finish.

  20. Karen Lockwood

    Review: Vibrant with a strong aroma. Better to age for a while. No regrets.

  21. Frank Lear

    Powerful and generous on the nose, with great acidity and ripe tannins. Lovely fruit and a spicy finish. Approachable now, but will improve with age. Excellent.

  22. Irene Flowers

    Required decanting, but worth the wait. Full, rounded fruit with a silky yet firm mouthfeel.

  23. Diane Hadaway

    Decanted for 3 hours, this wine boasts a great structure, delicious fruit, and layers of flavor.

  24. Rhonda Herrington

    Smooth and luscious, no food needed. Wonderful on its own after decanting for four hours.

  25. Juan Knowles

    Tasting Notes: MW 2017 Cabernet from the Americas – black cherry and blackberry on nose and palate, big body, best to cellar for 3 years, lovely fruit and medium/long finish.

  26. Randy Moshier

    Dilute with blackcurrant and stewed peppers.

  27. Anthony Watson

    Wow! A special wine with amazing layers and a long, velvety finish. Decanted for 4 hours.

  28. Ruth Feagin

    Young and bold with floral and blue fruit notes. Firm tannins and bright acidity keep it youthful. Promising potential, 94+.

  29. Laura Link

    Balanced, rich, and ready to drink. Tannins firm yet integrated. Has potential for aging but great now.

  30. Jenifer Mathews

    Fruitful, medium-bodied. 90 minutes of aeration.

  31. Sadie Kalina

    Excellent Napa Valley Cabernet with depth, menthol, spices, tobacco, and dark fruit notes. Fresh, tannic, generous fruit, spicy, vibrant, and very long. Needs time. 93-94+

  32. Cheri Hoffman

    Balanced red and black fruit with a dark chocolate finish. Initially light, but gains weight over an hour. Fantastic effort, drinking beautifully.

  33. Paulette Martinez

    Berry explosion!

  34. Marjorie Kurtz

    Decent wine, but not my style. Tightly coiled and fruit suppressed with bitterness on the back end. Old World Napa style. 90+ at best.

  35. Annette Sim

    Texture: Excellent. Fruit: Extraordinary. Taste: Delicious.

  36. Mary Curtis

    Cut 432’s wine was beautiful and elegant with a strong finish. Wow!

  37. Nicole Rosario

    Solid wine, pleased with it. Need to try again in a controlled setting.

  38. Lyle Brown

    Feminine and elegant Cab with black and red fruit, chocolate, herbs, violets, and black pepper. Best to cellar for 5 years.

  39. Reyna Bonney

    Expressive pyrazine on the nose with a smooth palate and subtle oak finish. Super herbal style.

  40. Marie Smith

    Good, but not great. Lacked acidity and tannic structure. Smooth with a good flavor profile. Will hold onto remaining bottles.

  41. Kevin Brazelton

    Well-balanced fruit, perfect with pasta.

  42. Samuel Anthony

    Excellent. Balanced fruitiness, euphoric effect.

  43. Leo Dobiesz

    Similar to the 2005 vintage, medium plus body, good acidity and fair finish. Not great, but made for the long haul. 92+.

  44. Rebekah Etheridge

    2014 vintage surpasses 2013.

  45. Laura Cloud

    Harrison Okeechobee steak: perfect pairing for red wine.

  46. Douglas Brissett

    PNP is a big, juicy wine with strong oak notes. It’s better enjoyed alone than paired with food, lacking the necessary tannins and acidity for a successful match.

  47. Ruth Mcauliffe

    A smooth, easy-to-drink wine with notes of cherry and red fruits, plush tannins, and a medium length finish. Has Bordeaux blend features in texture.

  48. Kerry Moody

    Cabernet from Napa Valley with dusty notes of cocoa, black currants, and blueberries. Smooth, broad, and balanced with a good level of complexity. Overall, a winery that left a great impression.

  49. Herbert Johnson

    Great fruit concentration and graphite notes. Well balanced on its own.

  50. Patricia Limberg

    Consistent with a bottle tasted a year ago, lacked acidity and tannic structure. Not worth the money, no wow factor.

  51. Nathan Furlong

    Gnarly tannins, high acid, long finish, dark fruit.

  52. Bessie Bodkin

    Aging well, enjoyable now.

  53. Grace Freeman

    2010 is good, but not as great as 2008 and 2009. After two hours of decanting, the wine improved and became more complex. It’s worth aging for a few years.

  54. Ed Guerra

    Enjoyable but lacks punch. Drink.

  55. Shawn Crouchet

    Notes of red cherries, raspberries and cedar with firm tannins that lead to a 10-second finish.

  56. Gillian Anderson

    Needs long decant, opens up with long finish.

  57. Francis Grace

    Intense cabernet with herbaceous notes. Requires aging.

  58. Krystal Logan

    Green elements still present. Bell pepper prominent on nose. Cherry, currant fruit, and leather accents. Tasted at winery.

  59. Hector Johnson

    Medium-full bodied with notes of dark fruits, toast, and dark chocolate. Enjoyed over 4 hours after 2 hour slow ox. Wish I had another.

  60. Stacey French

    Napa cab with floral aromas, dark colors, and flavors of blackberry, blueberry, and cassis. Good acidity with a medium+ finish.

  61. Cindi Muniz

    Well-decanted wine with minimal sediment. Opens up nicely and has a strong, balanced fruit flavor. Will only get better with age.

  62. Jesse Ball

    Soft, round, fruity, and enjoyable with a 3 hour decant. K. loved it, but wondered about the taste of bing cherries.

  63. Shirley Wood

    Ruby red with aromas of tomato leaf, fig jam, blackberries, tobacco and spices. Tart palate with hints of cocoa. Medium-plus body with high acidity and tannins. Long finish. Best enjoyed after aging for 10 years. Super Tuscan style.

  64. Alice Rose

    Big, beautiful and structured with notes of cassis, cocoa, tomato leaf, and cigar box. Aged for 24 months in new oak with a 20-day ferment and twice daily pump overs. Tasted at the winery.

  65. Kerry Angel

    Day 1: Intense bell pepper notes, round tannins, and overwhelmed fruit. Day 2: Leather and dark fruit with a long finish. Wish I had decanted on Day 1. Keeping one bottle to age.

  66. Sandra Dorval

    Ripe with dominant licorice notes.

  67. Rachel Heuer

    Opaque purple wine with cassis and garrigue on the nose. Dark berries and five spice powder on the palate with a medium-length finish. Tannins still grippy on day one, but softened slightly over three days. May score higher with age.

  68. Beulah Hensley

    Wine needs decanting and patience. Medium body with high tannins and acidity. Improves after 30 minutes. Best years ahead.

  69. Kelly Lopez

    Gorgeous complex nose with spiced oak and vanilla clove aromas over fruit. Oak is powerfully present with signature Oakville berry flavor and lots of grip. Spectacular wine with a 60 second finish. Mature and at the tippy top of the hill.

  70. Kristin Lickliter

    Classic, full-bodied Cali Cab. Decanted for 5+ hours. Perfect with Thai grilled chicken, spicy morning glory, and pad thai. Magical.

  71. Hank Self

    Complex cabernet with excessive oak.

  72. Cheri Bishop

    Coravin-ed wine with deep purple fruit, pairs well with grilled burgers. Hold or drink.

  73. Angela Draper

    Coravin enhances the wine’s development. Perfect with burgers, it’s simply delicious. Best to hold for 3-5 years or drink now.

  74. Dwight Page

    Great first drinking window, expressive and intense with ripe fruit and strong spicy core, alongside minerality. Structured and fresh. 93/94pts. No decanting necessary.

  75. Frederick Brannen

    Dark red with aromas of green pepper and menthol. Grippy tannins with refreshing acidity, flavors of dark fruit, minerality, and a hint of cola. Long finish. Very nice.

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Critical Acclaim

WS 94
Wine Spectator
A range of sage, mint and sassafras aromas leads off, followed by alluring raspberry and plum fruit. Shows a lightly mulled edge as all the elements meld together. Maintains a suave feel and lingers seductively on the finish. Best from 2020 through 2030. 647 cases made.
WE 95
Wine Enthusiast
Cofermented with 11% Petit Verdot, this is a serious, classically made wine from the generous appellation, Old World in its grippy structure and full embrace of cedar, pencil shavings and dried herb. Clove and peppercorn provide additional spice around a length of firm, integrated tannin and oak, finishing in a sanguine element of meat. Enjoy 2025–2030.
WA 94
Wine Advocate
A blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Petit Verdot, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Pedregal Vineyard is deep ruby-purple with aromas of mint chocolate and laurel, split cedar, pencil shavings, toasted cardamom, warm blackcurrant, blackcurrant bud, red cherries and licorice. Full-bodied, dense and rich in the mouth with integrated but firm, ripe, grainy tannins and just enough freshness, it finishes long and dense. This still needs plenty of time in bottle! 647 cases were made.
JD 96
Jeb Dunnuck
Coming from Napa, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Pedregal Vineyard steps up on the richness scale and has Pauillac-like notes of lead pencil shavings, spring flowers, mineral, and both red and black fruits. With full-bodied richness, a silky, layered texture, and straight-up brilliant purity, it’s a blockbuster Napa Cabernet that stays firmly in the classic style of David Ramey. Drink it over the coming two decades.
VIN 93
The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Pedregal Vineyard is not quite as expressive as I thought it would be, given how some of the other wines show in this tasting. But it is also a more important wine and may simply be going through a stubborn phase. Red cherry, red plum, chocolate and licorice fill out the wine's layered frame nicely. I would give this mid-weight Cabernet another year or two in bottle.

What does Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon Pedregal Vineyard 2015 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


Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

blackberry, plum, dark fruit

Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

pepper, licorice, cinnamon

cream, campfire

Vegetal notes found in the wine

tomato, green bell pepper, bell pepper

raisin, fig, prune

Floral aromas found in the wine

violet, lavender, perfume

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