2010 Annum, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Publication

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Author

Josh Raynolds

Date

May 2014

Rating

92

Review

Inky ruby.  Lively dark berry and cherry scents are complemented by licorice, fruitcake and vanilla, with a spicy nuance adding lift.  Sweet, palate-coating blueberry and cherry liqueur flavors become more energetic with air and pick up a sexy floral nuance.  Distinctly powerful yet lithe, with zesty spice and mineral notes adding bite to the long, subtly tannic finish.

Publication

Vinous

Author

Antonio Galloni

Date

February 2014

Rating

96

Review

Sage, rosemary, menthol, dark plums, licorice and sweet tobacco meld together in the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Annum. Plush, round and inviting, the 2010 appears to have a very bright future ahead of it. The balance of sweet, layered fruit and the structure of the year is simply dazzling. I have always adored David Ramey's 2010 Cabernets. Today, they are dazzling.

Publication

Robert M. Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate

Author

Robert Parker

Date

December 2013

Rating

95

Review

The spectacular 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Annum (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) is a multi-appellation blend revealing classic Cabernet Sauvignon notes of forest floor, unsmoked cigar tobacco, creme de cassis and vanillin, a dense, full-bodied mouthfeel and a long, heady finish. Consume it over the next 15-20 years.

Publication

California Grapevine

Date

September 2013

Rating

92

Review

“Annum,” Napa Valley ($100) – Medium-dark ruby; attractive, intense, spicy, cedary, cassis and black cherry fruit aroma with a light hint of mint; full body; forward, rich, textured, red and black fruit flavors with good depth; full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Shows good depth and some complexity and will continue to develop with some bottle aging. Very highly recommended. 14.5% alcohol; 215 cases; 100% CS; released September 2013.

Publication

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine

Date

August 2013

Rating

91

Review

Picking a favorite from the Ramey Cabernet bunch is as usual no easy task and the choice is one that will be ultimately based on whether precision or an extra bit of depth is preferred. This one succeeds on the strength of its wonderfully incisive varietal fruit and its slightly more mannerly stance. It is structured and solid without being brawny, and it show lots of complexity now with more to come once it has aged. It would seem a shame if its cork were to be pulled before and fewer than six to eight years have passed.