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Bubbles Liquor Mart
(303) 468-8100
675 Genoa Way
Castle Rock, CO
 
Erie Liquors
(303) 828-5459
235 Chelsea Street
Castle Rock, CO
 
Colorado Liquor
(866) 395-2130
11177 S. Dransfelt Road
Parker, CO
 
Pogue Mahone's Irish Pub
(720) 870-5720
17904 Cottonwood Dr
Parker, CO
 
Pine Lane Discount Liquors
(303) 840-9292
12543 North Highway 83
Parker, CO
 
Village South Wine & Spirits Inc
(303) 660-4048
804 Ridge Road
Castle Rock, CO
 
Parkway Wine And Spirits Inc
(303) 688-3896
572 East Castle Pines Parkway
Castle Rock, CO
 
Cottonwood Wine & Spirits Limited Inc
(303) 680-9463
17721 Cottonwood Drive
Parker, CO
 
Celtic House Pub
(303) 841-5454
16522 Keystone Blvd
Parker, CO
 
Lukas Liquor Superstore
(303) 792-2288
8457 South Yosemite
Lone Tree, CO
 

David Ramey: Exceptional Wines from an Exceptional Winemaker

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David Ramey photo © Priscilla Upton
photo © Priscilla Upton

David Ramey is that rare individual, a scholar who became a doer. At UC, Davis, he wrote a graduate thesis on the evolution of flavors in wine that is still used today. Afterwards, he worked for the Christian Mouiex family at Chateau Petrus and helped establish their Dominus Estate in California as well as several other well known wineries such as Chalk Hill, Matanzas Creek and Rudd Estate. He later founded his own winery and became one of California’s preeminent winemakers. His French and California winemaking education is today revealed in his wines, which show both terroir and the rich, ripe fruit for which California is famous.

David Ramey produces two types of Chardonnays. One he calls his “Appellation Series”, which are blends of grapes from vineyards of different California AVAs such as Russian River, Carneros, and Sonoma Coast; the other are “Vineyard Designate” wines from some of the top single vineyards in California.. These wines are all superb examples of Chardonnay a la California—ripe, richly flavored with excellent depth and integration of fruit and smoky oak. They have the stuffing to handle fairly high alcohol levels but require pairing with equally rich, flavorful dishes to show to their best advantage. Their similar styles show the hand of a talented winemaker whose influence on the wine is at least as important as the appellation and site-specific terroir from which the grapes were sourced. Since all the wines are treated similarly—native yeasts, whole-cluster pressing, 20 months in French oak (2/3 new), and no filtration---even an experienced taster will find it challenging to identify the often subtle differences in terroir reflected in the wines in the Appellation series.

Ramey also produces world class reds from Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. These wines are all vineyard designated and combine the best of the Old and New World, showing both ripe opulent fruit and a sense of place.

The International Wine Review has previously reviewed Ramey’s 2006 Chardonnays in the Appellation Series and 2005 single vineyard Reds (see Featured Tastings October 2008 ). Here we report our evaluations of the 2006 single vineyard white and red wines.

Ramey 2006 Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay Russian River Valley ($70) 91

A beautifully rich and balanced wine that unfolds on the palate after stimulating the senses with a sumptuous nose of bright hazelnut and lemon oil. Shows a beautifully balanced lanolin-smooth palate with tastes of ripe melon, pear, toasted nuts and hints of coconut and nutmeg. Evocative of old vines with gnarly trunks. Beautifully balanced, elegant and refined.

Ramey 2006 Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay Napa Valley Carneros ($62) 93

Our favorite of the Ramey single vineyard Chardonnays, the 2006 Hyde Vineyard shows beautiful depth and purity of flavor accentuated by lively acidity. Shows a floral bouquet of honeysuckle and...

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Wine 'Doggy Bag' Regulations in Colorado

Section 12-47-421, Colorado Revised Statutes was amended to allow a licensed hotel or restaurant to permit a customer to reseal and remove "one opened container of partially consumed vinous liquor purchased on the premises as long as the original container did not contain more than 750 milliliters of vinous liquor."  The Colorado Division of Liquor Enforcement strongly encourages restaurateurs to put the bottle in a bag which is sealed to prevent opening until the patron is home.   They also suggest restaurants advise patrons of open container laws and check with local towns concerning this.