2013 Ramey Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1273512 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Sites from throughout the valley contribute to the lovely layering of this accessible wine, softly structured and classically inspired in its dried herb and distinct purity of cassis. Delicate despite its ripeness and power, it leaves a smoky hint of sweet tobacco on the finish. (VB)  (3/2017)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Deep garnet-purple, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is scented of crème de cassis, ripe plums and pencil shavings with hints of sautéed herbs and beef drippings. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the palate with concentrated black fruit and earth flavors, framed by grainy tannins and finishing with an herbal lift. (LPB)  (3/2017)

92 points Vinous

 Another delicious wine, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is a terrific example of the year. Creamy and beautifully layered on the palate, the 2013 captures all of the pedigree of this great vintage in a style that offers a bit more immediacy than many other wines. Best of all, the Cabernet Sauvignon is a remarkable value. Bright red stone fruit, mint, white flowers and tobacco add nuance on the silky yet powerful finish. (AG)  (1/2016)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "2013 summed up to be a perfect vintage with clear sunny days and cool evenings. This produced a long, moderate growing season with extended hang time and even ripening, resulting in silky tannins and a full range of flavors while retaining natural acidity. Our ninth vintage of this appellation Cabernet is blended from a combination of hillside and valley floor vineyards. Our style combines the harmony produced by traditional Bordelaise winemaking techniques with the voluptuousness gained from California’s weather, especially in this perfect vintage. Native-yeast fermentation. Aged sur lies to incorporate the oak, 18 months spent in 56% new barrels (three-year air dried French, 33% and American, 23%). Due to this vintage’s supple tannins, we left this wine in barrel for only 18 months. Non-filtered. 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 6% Malbec and 3% Petit Verdot."

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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/18/2017 | Send Email
Exceptional value in Napa Cab from a big name producer and a top vintage. Not often these elements all come together! Our lowest-in-the-nation price on this highly prized Cab makes it a sure-fire winner this holiday season. Ramey's 2013 Cab delivers exactly what people have come to expect from this longtime Napa (and Sonoma) stalwart. Deep, powerful dark fruits, crushed blackcurrant, loamy earth, cedar, dried herbs and cocoa powder. Underlying the abundant fruit are fine tannins, dusty/soil-driven notes and a lick of toasty oak. Accessible now but also sure to keep for another 5-10 years.
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/16/2017 | Send Email
I can't say it enough - those who load up on the best deals in 2013 Napa Cab will be thankful they did for the years to come. Akin to the premium that 2007 Napa fetches these days, 2013 buyers will consider themselves savvy in the years to come. This particular one has everything going for it: One of Napa's elite producers? Check. Big vintage? Check. A price you won't find anywhere else? Double check. And the wine is stellar - everything you'd want in a $50+ Napa Cab - depth, refinement, structure, all in the right proportion. It's hard to go wrong with a top vintage selection from Ramey, and this speaks loudly to that.

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/16/2017 | Send Email
It's the number one task our buying team sets out to do every single day: find the best Napa Cabernets from the best wineries for the best possible prices. Cabernet is king in California and top shelf producers like Ramey are part of that esteemed reputation. When we find a deal so good that we have to hide the price, that's how you know we've really done our homework. 2013 was a magical year for Cabernet in Napa and the wines have been tasting so delicious in their youth that cellaring them has suddenly become quite difficult (because you want to open them NOW!). This 2013 Ramey is everything our top Cabernet clients ask us for regularly: dark fruited with ripe plum and cassis, secondary notes of classic herbaceous spice, and hints of tobacco. You get the name, the vintage, the quality, the region, and wait until you see the price.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5