David Ramey started his career in wine with little more than a degree in enology and a dream. Then, after nearly two decades of creating benchmark wines for such California wineries as Matanzas Creek, Chalk Hill, Dominus and Rudd, David Ramey and his wife Carla founded Ramey Wine Cellars in 1996. Owned exclusively by David and his wife Carla, grapes are sourced from vineyards with which David has worked for many years. Their next project will be to purchase land and develop their own vineyards. The winery produces authentic, hand-crafted wines made in an Old World tradition coupled with New World innovation and California terroir. Consistently rated among the best wines in California, the winery remains committed to Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Syrah as its primary varietals.
"Some winemakers are farmers, others are scientists or technicians. A few, like David Ramey, are philosophers. After 30 years in the business, Ramey has spent as much time thinking about wine as he has making it". - Tim Fish, Wine Spectator
|APPELLATION(S)||Napa Valley, Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast|
|PROPRIETORS||David and Carla Ramey|
(SUSTAINABLE, ORGANIC, BIODYNAMIC)
Ramey Wine Cellars takes a holistic approach to winegrowing, taking into account the plants, soil, water supply, air and animal life surrounding the vineyards. The least amount of intervention is used to sustain the long-term health of the vineyards as well as the economic viability of the operation.
Besides Appellation wines and Special Blends, Ramey carefully select grapes that come from only the finest growing sites in California’s premier wine regions. That includes some of the most prestigious vineyards whose terroir helps produce wines that are purely Californian - rich in character, beautifully balanced & exceptional quality. Some of them are:
Westside Farms - The Estate vineyard. Yolo sandy, alluvial loam soil. 3 Chardonnay clones planted in 2006. The vineyard runs along the bank of the Russian River. The vines are in a north-south orientation, so they get excellent east-west sun exposure. The site is low lying and morning fog settles over the vines. This keeps the vines cool, so they retain beautiful natural acidity.
Hyde - The Chard here dates back to the early 80's . Soil is rich in clay and vines are kept cool by the maritime breeze that flows through the Petaluma Gap.
Pedregal - Tiny, rocky hillside vineyard, planted with Cab in the 90's and rich in Iron.
Platt - The coolest site, 5 miles from the Pacific, 800 ft high.
Ritchie - The oldest vines, planted in the 70's. Extremely low yields.
Rodger's Creek - Poor volcanic soils and cool weather are responsible for the unique 'savory' style of Syrah it produces.
Woolsey - Old Wente cuttings of Chard that came from Platt (and were originally from Hyde).
Over the years, David has helped pioneer traditional, artisan winemaking techniques in California during a period when making wine by the University book was the norm. His efforts have helped shape the way many wines in the United States are made today, including the elimination of skin contact for most white grapes and acidification of red wines; the use of oxidized juice in making white wine; sur lie aging of white wines in barrel; malolactic fermentation of Chardonnay; native yeast fermentations; harvesting fully mature fruit and bottling without filtration and extra additives.
“Ramey was one of the leaders of the post-Mondavi generation who helped make the 90's a golden age for Napa and Sonoma. However, unlike most of its contemporaries, Ramey's always favored balance over power". - The Wall Street Journal