2012 Syrah, Sonoma Coast

Publication

The Corkscrewer Report

Author

Johannes Marlena and Ryan Koczara

Date

November 2015

Rating

92

Review

Oak, roasted meat and tobacco on the nose. A dash of white pepper and savory spices here and there. Fleshy texture and assertive wild berry fruit reminiscent of a Brunello. Definitely on the young and masculine side. Sharply focused and intense. Probably gotten in a street brawl or two. Like a racecar driver, this is controlled fury. Leave the driving to the winemaker and enjoy the ride.

Publication

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine

Author

Charles Olken

Date

July 2015

Rating

90

Review

Both optimally ripened and youthfully tight with an attractive overlay of creamy oak to its ample, mildly peppery, blackberry fruit, Ramey’s Sonoma Coast bottling may be a bit backward at the moment but conveys a fine sense of stuffing and substance. Its early suppleness is countered by a fairly full dose of tannin, yet its fruit never falters or dries. Age is demanded rather than simply advised, and its recommendation is conditional on a good five years of patience.
 

Publication

Wine Spectator

Author

James Laube

Date

March 31, 2015

Rating

90

Review

Rich, with vivid dark berry, raspberry and crushed rock accents to the firm tannins. This captures the density of the grape yet remains light-footed, graceful and refined, ending with a clean, snappy finish. Drink now through 2023. 885 cases made. –JL

Publication

Wine Enthusiast

Author

Virginie Boone

Date

April 2015

Rating

90

Review

Co-fermented with 5% Viognier, as is typical in all of this producer’s Syrahs, this wine offers a wild, feral intensity on the nose of black pepper, cigar box and leather. From there, it softens with well-defined layers of blueberry and blackberry, the tannins settled and structured, the wine finishing in dusty oak. Editors’ Choice.

Publication

Vinous

Author

Antonio Galloni

Date

February 2015

Rating

93

Review

A big, powerful wine, the 2012 Syrah hits the palate with dark fruit, mocha, spices, new leather and cedar. The style is decidedly ample and textured, with layers of intense black fruit and plenty of Russian River generosity. This is one of the most powerful, ample Syrahs readers will come across. The 2012 isn't especially varietal, but it sure is delicious. David Ramey has crafted a Syrah with distinctly Napa Valley-like richness. The 25% whole clusters are pretty much buried by the sheer intensity of the fruit.