2009 Syrah, Sonoma Coast

Publication

Robert M. Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate

Author

Antonio Galloni

Date

April, 2013

Rating

93

Review

Ramey’s 2009 Syrah is bombastic. A huge powerful wine, the 2009 literally explodes from the glass with masses of dark red fruit, violets and sweet spices. This dramatic, full-throttle wine is sure to thrill readers for its explosive personality. There isn’t a ton of varietal character in the glass, but on the flip side, that could make the 2009 an excellent introduction for readers just beginning to explore Syrah, as the typical notes that can be a bit new to some palates are very much in the background. The 2009 is quite beautiful if taken on its own terms. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2029.

 

Publication

The Rhone Report

Author

Jeb Dunnuck

Date

March 2013

Rating

93 points

Review

Only the third vintage for this cuvee and comprised of 93% Syrah (57% Shanel Vineyard, 35% Rodgers Creek Vineyard, and 8% Cole Creek Vineyard) and 7% co-fermented Viognier, the 2009 Ramey Syrah Sonoma Coast is a gorgeous Syrah on all account. Aged 24 months in 60% new barrels, it possesses classic aromas and flavors of crème de cassis, spice-box, licorice, and hints of roasted meats on the nose. Medium to full-bodied, rich, and concentrated, with layers of sweet fruit and an overall poised, focused feel, it can be enjoyed now, or cellared for over a decade.

Publication

Robert M. Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate

Author

Antonio Galloni

Date

February 1, 2012

Rating

91-93

Review

The 2009 Syrah (from barrel) emerges from the glass with layers of silky dark red fruit, flowers, mint and minerals. This is an especially refined wine, especially when tasted next to the 2008. I especially like the finesse and elegance of it. The bouquet isn't quite fully developed yet, but the 2009 impresses for its polished personality. The 2009 was co-fermented with 7% Viognier and spent 24 months in French oak barrels, 60% new. Drink: 2014-2024.

Publication

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Author

Josh Raynolds

Date

May/June 2012

Rating

91

Review

(includes 7% co-femented viognier; 25% of the syrah was done with whole clusters): Dark purple. Pungent, spice-accented aromas of dark berry preserves, cherry pit, olive and cracked pepper; smells like a serious northern Rhone wine. Bright, tightly focused blackberry and cassis flavors show serious depth and surprising vivacity. A tangy mineral note adds cut to the long, sappy finish.

Publication

Ronn Wiegand's Restaurant Wine

Author

Ronn Wiegand

Date

July/August 2012

Rating

Four Stars

Review

Ramey's Syrahs improve year to year. The Sonoma Coast is aromatic and full bodied; a fairly rich wine with good balance, and a very long, crisp, lightly oaky finish. It tastes of black currant, raspberry, spicy oak, toast, black licorice, and plum jam. Excellent. 7% Viognier (co-fermented). Aged 24 months in new French oak barrels. Unfiltered. [2013-2016]