2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Annum, Napa Valley

Publication

Bigger Than Your Head

Author

Fredric Koeppel

Date

November 9, 2013

Rating

Excellent

Review

Ramey Wine Cellars Annum 2009, Napa Valley. 15% alc. With 12% petit verdot. Intense dark ruby-purple color; whoa, just a huge wine in every respect, epitome of the old iron-fist-in-velvet-glove concept, and with an uncanny sense of alertness; very dense, very chewy but the highly polished oak and tannins are not only not punishing but balanced and integrated; graphite, cedar and tobacco; ripe, spicy, racy and slightly roasted black currants, black cherries and plums, every aspect permeated by granitic minerality. A benchmark Napa cabernet. Try from 2015 or ’16 through 2022 to ’25. Excellent. About $95.

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Publication

Wine Spectator

Author

James Laube

Date

Nov 15, 2012

Rating

90

Review

Offers a baseline rich earthiness to the dried currant, beefy herb and cedar flavors, ending with chewy tannins and notes of anise and cedar. Ends with drying tannins. Best from 2014 through 2024. 386 cases made. –JL

Publication

Robert M. Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate

Author

Antonio Galloni

Date

April, 2013

Rating

92

Review

Ramey’s 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Annum has shut down quite a bit since I tasted it last year, not at all uncommon for wines of this vintage. Still big, huge and rich, the 2009 flows across the palate with massive fruit, but the flavors aren’t totally open today. At the same time, it is impossible to miss the wine’s underlying energy. The combination of sheer opulence and big, broad-shouldered structure is compelling. Readers who can be patient will be rewarded with a sumptuous Cabernet Sauvignon that should drink beautifully to age twenty, if not beyond. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2029.

Publication

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Author

Josh Raynolds

Date

May/June 2012

Rating

93

Review

Inky purple. Youthfully brooding aromas of cassis, cherry pit and licorice, with sexy vanilla and violet nuances emerging with aeration. Rich, palate-coating dark fruit flavors show a liqueur-like intensity and serious power but are slow to unfold. More lively on the clinging finish, showing intense anise and spice character.

Publication

Ronn Wiegand's Restaurant Wine

Author

Ronn Wiegand

Date

July/August 2012

Rating

Four Star

Review

The Annum is quite toasty in character, yet with intense fruitiness (plum, black currant, black licorice). It is long and moderately tannic on the finish. 12% Petit Verdot.