Ramey's 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is a very serious wine. Raspberry jam, wild flowers, spices and new leather meld together in a rich, explosive Cabernet Sauvignon loaded with fruit, depth and pure intensity. A big, full-bodied voluptuous wine, the 2010 is one of the better values in Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. There is plenty of personality and character here. (AG)
Opaque ruby. Intense cherry, blackcurrant and vanilla aromas are complemented by licorice, pipe tobacco and woodsmoke. Plush, velvety black and blue fruit flavors pick up mocha and peppery spice nuances with air. The vanilla quality repeats on the persistent finish, which is firmed by dusty, building tannins. Shows its structure with air but doesn't come off as hard or edgy. (ST)
The least aspirational of the winery's several Cabernets but still a wine of some ambition, Ramey's basic Napa Valley bottling is nicely focused, solidly fruited and far more than a simple sibling to its pricier partners. It seasons its full measure of ripe currants with a bit of root-beer-like sweetness and cocoa, and its supple beginnings give way to firmness as rigid tannins arrive. It proves a bit frontal just yet and is ultimately not quite as accessible as it first seems, and, while those who are not deterred by its young Cabernet "grip" might enjoy it with a rare steak soon, we plan on wait for three or four years.
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) is more rustic with more biting tannins. Nevertheless, it is an excellent Cabernet displaying good depth and richness. It will benefit from another year or so of bottle age, and should drink well for 10-15 years. (RP)
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