In 2010, an early season frost damaged the young shoots, resulting in our smallest production ever. We harvested the Pedregal Vineyard between October 11-15, 2010.
Aging the 2010 on its fine lees has coated the tannins and smoothly integrated the wood, and we left this vintage 26 months in completely new barrels. The Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot (15%) were co-fermented. As with all of our wines, this was fermented with native yeasts and bacteria, aged sur lies, and was bottled without filtration in February 2013.
Our seventh vintage from this small, outstanding vineyard on the lower slopes of the eastern Oakville hills. “Pedregal” means a rocky place in Spanish, and that is certainly a distinguishing feature of the site. During 2008 we agreed to a long-term lease of this vineyard which gives us complete control even through any change in ownership, so this is the third vintage we’ve directed farming ourselves (we converted to organic).
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Pedregal Vineyard is once again majestic. All the elements are simply in the right place. A dazzling wine, the 2010 captivates all the senses with its extraordinary nuance and polish. Dark red berries, crushed flowers, licorice and a hint of French oak are some of the notes that take shape in the glass, but like so many wines in this vintage, the Pedregal is mostly about textural elegance and brilliance, two qualities that come through in spades. This is a drop-dead gorgeous wine from David Ramey. Readers will need to be patient, but those who can wait will be treated to an extraordinary wine. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2030. Once again, I tasted an amazing range of wines with David Ramey...The Cabernets run the gamut price-wise, but I find a lot to like across the entire range. The Syrahs are in some ways the outliers, because they are made by a winemaker with a very Cabernet-influenced palate...The 2010s are just as fabulous as they were last year. At the end of the day, though, that is a relatively small critique for a winemaker who excels in so many ways. In my mind, Ramey is one of the top wineries in the United States. Readers who aren’t familiar with these wines owe it to themselves to check them out.
Inky purple. Sexy, oak-spiced aromas of black and blue fruit liqueur, pipe tobacco and sandalwood, with a suave floral nuance gaining power with air. Broad and sweet but impressively balanced, presenting vibrant cassis and bitter cherry flavors and hints of rose pastille and cola. Finishes with outstanding clarity and persistence, leaving floral and spicecake notes behind.
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