The last week has been a fruitful one: beyond the dozens of half-ton bins filled with sweet, ripe grapes ready for ferment, a couple fun pieces have been published sharing some of the Ram’s Gate Winery story.
Ram’s Gate’s new winery, at the southernmost end of Carneros, is the first one you pass when driving into Sonoma Valley. Designed by architect Howard Backen, the facility is striking, offering stunning views of the property. The wines are made under the direction of Jeff Gaffner, 53, whose other credits include Saxon Brown and Black Kite.
Ram’s Gate tapped its own recently replanted vineyard as well as Sonoma Coast’s Sangiacomo and Bush-Crispo vineyards in Russian River Valley for its 2010s. Plans are to add more vineyards to the lineup, including Silver Eagle in Sonoma Coast, Diablo in Russian River and Glass House in the Petaluma Gap.
Gaffner wants the wines to express the individuality of the vineyards. Recently, he’s grown interested in the role wind plays in moderating the temperature at various growing sites. “I’m fascinated by wind signature,” he says. “The vines shut down [as the afternoon breezes kick in] and you get this wonderful hang time.
With plantings of Chardonnay, Syrah and smaller lots of Cabernet and Zinfandel all part of the mix, Ram’s Gate aims to grow its case production from the current 4,000 to 10,000.
RAM’S GATE Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Bush-Crispo Vineyards 2010 Score: 90 | $70 | 174 cases
RAM’S GATE Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Sangiacomo Vineyards Roberts Road 2010 Score: 90 | $68 | 292 cases
Howard Backen’s barnlike complex near the town of Sonoma houses several salons and lounges; choose between a flight of four, a five-course food-and-wine pairing, or a picnic by the pond.
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