Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 2010 Ramey "Annum" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (95RP, 92ST, 91CG). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "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. (RP)" (12/2013)
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2010 Ramey "Annum" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (qty: 2)
Deep ruby-black, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Annum, made of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, gives up notes of baked plum and black raisin on the nose with crème de cassis, fenugreek, star anise, dried blue flowers and Jamón ibérico plus graphite, cedar shavings and wonderful exotic spices at the core. Medium to full-bodied, it offers plenty of mineral, savory fruits with a sturdy frame of very fine, very ripe, very plush tannins and good freshness, finishing very, very long and layered. Yes! This is drinking beautifully right now. Only 200 cases were made. (EB)
Good deep, youthful ruby-red. Classic Napa Valley aromas of blackcurrant, black cherry, licorice, bitter chocolate and minerals, lifted by a distinctive violet element. Plush, ripe, fine-grained and deep, with subtle saline minerality countered by fruit sweetness. The substantial tannins spread out horizontally to dust the palate on the long, firm aftertaste. Still a bit tight but possesses more inherent sweetness than its 2009 predecessor. Drink 2021-2035. (ST)
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. (ST)
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.