In the world of wine, it’s difficult to say when the New Year begins. Some mark it at
harvest, the time when a new vintage departs the vine and activates a new cycle of
winemaking. Others believe budbreak is the preeminent moment, signaling a vine’s
rebirth and entrance into the year’s fruit development. And yet, there’s something about
January. Though the wines are aging and the vines dormant, we find ourselves resetting as we look ahead to another calendar year.

It has always been our objective to produce inspiring wines in an elegant style, converging Old World and New, and serving them in an unparalleled setting.  And as a fairly new winery – 2015 marks the start of our fourth full year since opening in fall of 2011 – it’s a beautiful feeling to hear validation of our efforts from wine industry professionals.

In the last week of 2014, we were beyond ecstatic to see Ram’s Gate wines receiving some wonderful reviews from Robert Parker. We couldn’t be more proud of our beloved wines, and we are honored to share his words with you.

Robert Parker Reviews Rams Gate Wines

From Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, published December 2014:

2012 Ram’s Gate Winery Chardonnay Ulises Valdez Diablo Vineyard – 95 Points
“The terrific, full-bodied 2012 Chardonnay Ulises Valdez Diablo Vineyard exhibits a greenish hue to its light gold color along with beautiful white peach, honeysuckle and brioche notes intertwined with hints of marmalade and mango. This classic, stunning Chardonnay should drink well for 5-6 years.” -Robert Parker

2012 Rams Gate Ulises Valdez Diablo Vineyard Chardonnay

2012 Ram’s Gate Winery Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard – 94 Points
“There is a light green hue to the 2012 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard’s color. It exhibits lime blossom, lemon oil, nectarine and orange notes, medium to full body, tropical nuances, and a restrained use of oak. Drink this super Chardonnay over the next 3-4 years.” -Robert Parker

2012 Ram’s Gate Winery Chardonnay, Carneros – 93 Points
“The 2012 Chardonnay Carneros sports a blood orange label compared to the creamy white label of the other white wines. Made in an old style, it offers exuberant tropical fruit along with lots of pineapple, honeysuckle, peach and mango presented in a big, juicy, succulent style. It does not have the finesse of the single vineyard cuvées, but it is a beautifully fruited, lavishly endowed, flamboyant, head-turning effort to consume over the next 3-4 years. This is “love it or leave it” Chardonnay, but I loved it!” -Robert Parker

2012 Ram’s Gate Winery Sangiacomo Green Acres Vineyard – 92 Points
“The 2012 Chardonnay Sangiacomo Green Acres Vineyard offers notions of hazelnut cream intermixed with tropical fruit, a Meursault premier cru-like nuttiness, and buttery richness. Medium to full-bodied with good acidity, a greenish hue to its light gold color, and a long finish, this stunning white should drink well for 4-5 years.” -Robert Parker

2012 Ram’s Gate Winery Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard – 91 Points
“The outstanding 2012 Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard boasts copious notes of honeysuckle, white peach, caramelized citrus and spring flowers. This rich, medium to full-bodied, beautifully textured, pure Chardonnay keeps the oak well in the background. Consume it over the next 3-4 years.” -Robert Parker

2012 Rams Gate Bush Crispo V ineyard Pinot Noir

2012 Ram’s Gate Winery Pinot Noir Bush Crispo Vineyard – 94 Points
“The 2012 Pinot Noir Bush Crispo Vineyard smells like a premier cru or grand cru from Vosne-Romanée. This dark ruby-hued Pinot possesses notes of forest floor, plums, mulberries and black cherries, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, and a gorgeous finish. This superb, complex Pinot Noir should drink well for 5-7 years.” -Robert Parker

2012 Ram’s Gate Winery Pinot Noir Ulises Valdez Silver Eagle Vineyard – 93 Points
“Another brilliant, full-flavored effort is the 2012 Pinot Noir Ulises Valdez Silver Eagle Vineyard. Its healthy dark ruby/purple hue is followed by aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, baking spices, black cherries and plums. Medium to full-bodied and savory, it should drink well for 6-8 years.” -Robert Parker

2012 Ram’s Gate Winery Estate Pinot Noir – 92 Points
“The terrific 2012 Pinot Noir Estate offers plum, blackcurrant, sweet cherry and forest floor notes intermixed with background oak and spice, and a lush, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel not dissimilar from a high-class premier cru or grand cru from Morey-St.-Denis. Drink it over the next 5-6 years.” -Robert Parker

2012 Ram’s Gate Winery Pinot Noir Sangiacomo Roberts Road Vineyard – 91 Points
“From the Sonoma Coast, the 2012 Pinot Noir Sangiacomo Roberts Road Vineyard displays a light ruby/garnet color in addition to sweet notes of sassafras, redcurrants, plums, Allspice and earth. Round, juicy and complex, this fully mature 2012 is best drunk over the next 3-4 years. It is another attractive, plummy, tasty Pinot Noir.” -Robert Parker

 2012 Ram’s Gate Winery Syrah Durell Vineyard – 94 Points
“From the Sonoma Coast, the 2012 Syrah Durell Vineyard boasts a saturated ruby/purple color as well as notes of camphor, charcoal, blackberries and tapenade. This serious, full-bodied, rich, Northern Rhône-like offering can be consumed over the next 7-10 years.” -Robert Parker

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