2010 Ramey "Pedregal" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
As usual, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Pedregal Vineyard is a fabulous effort. The debut vintage of this cuvee was 2004, which is still quite young (I recently rated it 95). From the Oakville appellation, it is aged in 100% new Taransaud barrels, but sadly, only about 260 cases are made. The 2010 boasts beautiful notes of fruitcake, espresso roast, chocolate and black currants in its complex, full-bodied, concentrated, multi-dimensional personality. There is a huge up-side to this beauty as the tannins have not yet fully resolved. Give it another few years of bottle age and drink it over the following two decades or more. (RP)
Iron, graphite and a host of ferrous notes open up in the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Pedregal Vineyard. This is a distinctly savory, mineral-driven Cabernet long on intensity, power and depth. The most virile of the 2010 Ramey Cabernets, the 2010 is going to require a measure of patience. On this day, the 2010 Pedregal is a bit less expressive than it has been in the past. David Ramey elected to blend in 15% Petit Verdot, which is on the high side, and may explain the wine's reticence at this stage of the wine's development. (AG)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(includes 15% petit verdot; 100% new oak): Inky ruby. Pungent black and blue fruit aromas show an exotic peaty quality and suggestions of incense, violet and Indian spices. Deeply pitched cassis and blueberry flavors are braced by juicy acidity and pick up a suave floral pastille nuance with aeration. The spice and blue fruit notes dominate the finish, which is firmed by youthful but harmonious tannins. While I have no doubt that this wine is built to age it's pretty showy already. (ST)
*Two Stars* Big and burly as Ramey's red wines are wont to be, and pushed just a bit more by obvious ripeness than the winery's Annum bottling, this very deep, very dense, very rich offering is a mouthfilling, full-bodied wine that shows little in the way of restraint. Happily, its generously extracted, cassis-like fruit is free of any chocolaty distractions, and its accompanying notes of forest floor, cola and loam are the hallmarks of good Cabernet. It may be a little less poised and precise than its mate, but it is the slightly deeper wine of the two, and it is set to age famously for decade or more.
Bold and expressive, featuring loads of deep flavors, with a fine measure of restraint and balance. The core flavors are keyed into dried dark and red berry, cedary oak, crushed rock and loamy earth, ending on the dry side. Best from 2014 through 2024. (JL)