2013 Ramey Syrah

Year: 2013
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 87
Wine Advocate: 90
Vinous Media: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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"A savory red, with a firm core of bright acidity and tannins. The fruit seems somewhat muted, showing subtle notes of raspberry, mineral and herb. Best from 2017 through 2027. 660 cases made. -TF" (ES)

"David Ramey has always done a terrific job with Syrah and it seems to me that a lot of his efforts with this varietal are rarely noticed. All of his Syrahs are co-fermented with 3% to 5% Viognier, which gives uplift and extra dimension to the aromatics. Usually 20% to 25% whole clusters/stems are used during the fermentation and all are aged in 100% new French oak.

The 2013 Syrah Sonoma Coast comes across like a peppery, meaty St.-Joseph from Northern Rhône. Loads of black raspberry, blackberry fruit, considerable spicy notes and a hint of barbecue smoke are all present in this medium to full-bodied, delicious, seductive style of Syrah to drink over the next 7-8 years.

Under the Ramey label, David Ramey has always done a top-notch job with Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon as well as Syrah, although he rarely gets enough credit for the latter. There are two generic Chardonnay offerings.

I tasted all of Ramey’s 2014s and I will have notes on these when they are finally in bottle, but some of the highlights are certainly included. The 2014 Syrah Rodgers Creek, 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Annum and the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Pedregal, as well as a new offering – the 2014 Template (a 75% Merlot/25% Cabernet Franc blend from Mount Veeder) looks to have outstanding potential and is certainly a noteworthy addition to the Ramey portfolio." (WA)

"The 2013 Syrah (Sonoma Coast) is bold, plump and juicy. Dark blue and purplish hued fruits, smoke, black pepper, violets and lavender notes blossom in the glass. Bold and flamboyant in style, with plenty of underlying energy, the 2013 hits all the right notes. The vineyard sources are Cole Creek and Rodgers Creek. A touch of Viognier (8%) adds aromatic complexity. Today, the straight Sonoma Coast is my favorite of these 2013 Syrahs." (VM)

Winery Notes:
Our seventh vintage of this appellation Syrah, it’s a blend of 61% Cole Creek Vineyard and 39% Rodgers Creek Vineyard.

2013 summed up to be a perfect vintage with clear sunny days and cool evenings. This produced a long, moderate growing season with extended hang time and even ripening, resulting in silky tannins and a full range flavors while retaining natural acidity.

92% Syrah and 8% Viognier, co-fermented. Fermented in tank as 75% destemmed fruit with 25% whole Syrah clusters. This wine went through native yeast and malolactic fermentations, rested sur lies for 18 months in 30% new French barrels from François Frères and Demptos. Our 2013 Sonoma Coast Syrah was bottled without filtration in June, 2015.

Winemaker Notes:
Our Syrahs are grown in the cool climate of the Sonoma Coast which offers a style reminiscent of the Northern Rhone regions of Hermitage and Cornas: aromas and flavors of smoked meat, white pepper, green olive and grapefruit, coupled with a silky texture and savory flavor.

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