Ramsay Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Review by Eric Tansey, CSW
If you have read any of my other reviews, you will know that I am a sucker for good stories behind good wine, and Ramsay Cabernet delivers on both ends. Winemaker and owner Kent Rasmussen started out as librarian making wine for his and his wife’s personal consumption. This led to a passion, which then turned into a serious venture. With $20k to work with, Rasmussen and his wife moved to Napa, bought a small parcel of land and began planting vines in order to produce their own brand of wine. Pinot Noir in the 80’s was the black sheep varietal, mostly overpowered by Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, but this did not sway Rasmussen. He knew what he was most passionate about and he followed his dream. He now produces some of the finest Pinot Noirs in California as well as Cabs and Merlots. Kent owns a few labels, of which Ramsay is the least expensive and so geared toward the average consumer. Ramsay is his wife’s maiden name, and if he put his wife’s name on it, you know it has to deliver! Cheers!
The 2014 Ramsay Cabernet Sauvignon is aromatic and inviting. Aromas of dark black fruits, cocoa, pipe tobacco, and fresh homemade popcorn lift from the glass. The wine is as lively on the palate as it is on the nose. A very aggressive and yet gentle balance of big fruit, big tannin, and a big finish. Fresh ripe blackberries meld together with wood-shop, earthy qualities like cedar, tobacco, cocoa and a subtle touch of vanilla. This wine is big and robust but not to the point that the wine comes across as an “oak bomb”or a “jam fest”–just a big, well balanced Cabernet Sauvignon, with ample tannins, structured acidity, and fresh fruit. This wine is the perfect representation of fine California wine at an extraordinary price. I give this wine 91 points! Pair with Filet Mignon, Ribeye, T-bone, London Broil…are you seeing a theme here? Cheers!
- Varietal- Cabernet Sauvignon
- North Coast, Mendocino and Lake Counties
- Family Owned and operated
- Vintage- 2014
“A librarian with $20k in the 1980’s started growing one of the hardest grape varietals in a lesser known Pinot Noir region called Napa Valley. This winemaker shows that the journey of a thousand steps truly starts with the first step.”
|Wine Type||Temperature °F||Temperature °C|
|Champagne, Sparkling, and Dessert Wine||40° F||5° C|
|Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio||45-48°F||7-9° C|
|Chardonnay, Chablis||48-52°F||9-11° C|
|Pinot Noir||60-64°||16-18° C|
|Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz||64-66° F||18-19° C|
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