2007 Ramey Syrah Rodger's Creek Vineyard

Year: 2007
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 94-96
Vinous Media: 93
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"Firm, intense and concentrated, offering a solid, layered core of rich berry and mineral notes, with touches of cherry and rhubarb. Ends with a tar and tobacco aftertaste and tannins that give the flavors traction. Drink now through 2020. 350 cases made." (WS)

"The still unbottled 2007 Syrah Rodger’s Creek Vineyard (which includes 6% Viognier). Dark blue/purple-hued, it offers up aromas of camphor, asphalt, roasted meats, black olives, blackberries, and blueberries. Spicy and earthy with a distinctive Hermitage-like terroir quality, it is an impressively built, structured, and intense beauty that should provide immense pleasure for ten or more years. It’s sad that so few consumers are paying attention to these super California Syrahs.

A multi-tasker, David Ramey’s Healdsburg operation garnered lavish reviews for his Cabernet Sauvignons in issue #186. He also demonstrates a Midas touch with Chardonnay, while continuing to fine tune his Syrah portfolio. In addition, Ramey’s consulting business appears to be growing by leaps and bounds, and he has been a major factor in turning around the quality of a number of wineries. The 2007 Ramey Chardonnays are all strong efforts, including the three generic offerings from the Sonoma Coast, Russian River, and Carneros, and his single vineyard efforts from the Hudson, Hyde, and Ritchie vineyards. The 2008 barrel samples I saw were slightly more down-sized than the 2007s, which is not unexpected. These potentially outstanding wines were displaying fewer differences in style than I might expect." (WA)

"($60) Glass-staining ruby. Dark berries and cherry-cola on the nose, with subtle smoke, vanilla, olive and licorice notes adding complexity. Fleshy and gently sweet, with deep, expansive blackberry and cassis flavors, slow-building tannins and very good back-end lift. The finish emphatically repeats the dark berry notes and lingers with lively, spicy persistence. Drinking very well right now, in a youthfully exuberant fashion, but clearly built to age. This was raised in 100% new oak but I don't sense it." (IWC)