2013 Ramey "Pedregal" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Pedregal Vineyard has a deep garnet-purple color and nose of ripe black berries, crushed black currants, pencil lead and dried herbs with hints of dark chocolate and menthol. Medium to full-bodied with a great intensity and harmony, it has a solid backbone of firm grainy tannins and great length. Still very youthful and primary, give it another 2-3 years in bottle and drink it over the next 20+ years. 95+ (LPB)
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Pedregal Vineyard has turned out beautifully. It is also much more accessible young than I expected, despite its considerable size. Bright red stone fruit and pomegranate notes are pushed forward. There is plenty of tannin, but it is nearly buried by the sheer intensity of the fruit. There is plenty of stuffing and potential here. (AG)
Shows impressive richness, size and grace. For all the depth and intensity, this features a supple, caressing element to the tannins, letting the earth, dried herb and dark berry flavors flow easily. The tannins linger in the background and then finish with a burst of licorice, spice, mocha and oak details. Best from 2019 through 2032. (JL)
Lots of plum and fresh herb aromas and flavors follow through to a full body, very velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. Juicy character.
*One Star* If a bit of a bruiser and slow to unfold, Ramey's Pedregal bottling proves to be a deep and involving wine that gains richness and range with each sniff and sip, and it matches a wealth of well-defined, ripe currant fruit with a nicely tailored measure of crème brûlée sweetness and suggestions of coffee, cola and tobacco. It is presently limited by rather brusque tannins, but it has very good things in store, and it will not only be more texturally polished ten years hence, it will build on the complexity that it is just starting to show.