2015 Template, Napa Valley
“The 2015 Template, David Ramey’s Merlot/Cabernet Franc blend, is impressive today. It will be interesting to see if the 2015 develops along similar lines as the 2014, or it retains a bit more depth. At this early stage, the 2015 holds considerable promise.” (90-93 pts) Antonio Galloni, vinous, April 2018
Winter 2015 was the warmest on record, resulting in early bud break. Cooler, wetter weather in spring months slowed development, however, leading to a challenging, extended bloom period. The resulting uneven fruit set translated to a small crop and smaller berries with very concentrated flavors. Weather throughout the summer growing season was consistently warm, bringing on a very early harvest.
70% Merlot from Mt. Veeder, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville
Our 2015 Template rested on its lees for 22 months in new French oak barrels (Taransaud) with bi-monthly bâtonnage to coat the tannins and smoothly integrate the wood. The wine was then lightly fined with egg whites and bottled without filtration in June 2017.
“This is our tribute to the Right Bank model of Pomerol and St-Emilion. Having worked two vintages there, this rings very familiar. Hillside Merlot and Cabernet Franc combine for a plush yet structured California version.” – David Ramey