Wine of the Week – Ramey Claret 2006

David Ramey is considered to be one of the most respected winemakers in California and the world over. After getting an eonology degree from UC Davis, he started his career working for Christian Moueix at the renowned Chateau Petrus in Bordeaux. He took what he’d learned from the Old World traditions of winemaking and applied them to winemaking in California. Ramey helped open Matanzas Creek, Chalk Hill, Dominus Estate (owned by Christian Moueix) and Rudd Estates. He and his wife Carla opened Ramey Wine Cellars in 1996 which he dedicates most his time to yet finds time to consult for many other wineries throughout California.

Clarets typically are a blend of the five Bordeaux varietals Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petite Verdot. In the days before AOC laws it was common practice in Bordeaux to blend in a bit of Syrah from Hermitage. These wines were typically the most sought after and commanded the highest prices because of their soft supple texture and added complexity. Ramey has taken a page from history in using the same practice with his Claret.

The 2006 Ramey Claret is a stunning wine and it gives a look into the house style at a relatively affordable price. Richly textured, with layers of flavor this wine continues to open up for hours, displaying incredible nuance and grace for its size. There’s a core of dark berry fruit with plum, currant and hints of cocoa with fine grained tannins. Treat yourself over the holidays and pick up a bottle or two of this. We got an incredible deal on this wine and are able to offer it for $29.99 down from $37.99. If we run out of this, try the equally delicious (or maybe even a little bit more delicious) 2007 Claret. Unfortunately we cannot offer the ’07 at the same great deal. Grab the ’06 while you can!

Wine Spectator 91 Points

Regular Price $37.99

Sale Price $29.99