So, back from Orlando where the boys had their 1st Universal experience…yes Howarts, Seuss & Spiderman are all alive and kicking. While getting mom coffee one morning, Jake & I ran into a US service member who was in utilities and was heading to see his family that was already checked in. Just like on the few opportunities I have to fly, there are usually a mass of service members back from harm’s way somewhere in the world at the airport, I make it a point to take 15 seconds to say thanks to them for their service and keeping me and my family safe…So here again said hello to this young father and thanked him and wished him a good time of catching up with his family…This whole interaction got me thinking about this Sunday 9-11-11….
We cannot bring back the 2996 Americans but I can pay homage to the service men and women who keep us safe, the steel, concrete, plumber and the rest of the building trades that are “Rising” the hallowed ground of the World Trade Center. So thinking of this weekend with a heavy heart what could I do but pick an American Icon wine and winemaker for our OMG deal.
Ramey Claret, Napa Valley 2007
The entry-level Cabernet blend, this vintage is composed of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Malbec, 3% Merlot, 15% Syrah, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. This soft, easy-drinking wine is a good introduction to the vintage, and while it will improve over the course of four to eight years, it is not a wine intended for long-term aging. So Drink UP!
Not that you need the citic’s notebooks but they are all in agreement…
91 Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar May/June 2010-Deep ruby. Aromas of blackcurrant, cherry, herbs and tobacco, complicated by a subtle smoky quality. Sweet, smooth and fairly full on the palate, showing ripe red- and blackcurrant and bitter cherry flavors. Elegant in a Bordeaux style, with chewy tannins and good mineral lift. Finishes with a strong echo of red fruits and a suave floral note. This wine saw no new oak.
91 Robert M. Parker Jr.’s The Wine Advocate December 2010, Issue 192-The 2007 Claret, which is Ramey’s easiest to drink and appreciate wine, is a seductive blend of primarily Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec included. Its dense ruby/purple hue is followed by a velvety textured, plush, round, generous wine with lots of texture and fruit. This high quality effort should be drunk over the next decade.
93 Wine Spectator October 15, 2010-Bordeaux-like in its subtlety and restraint, yet rich, flavorful, full-bodied and expansive, with a mix of cedar, currant, cigar box, tar and mineral. Firm and focused, its elegance and refinement are impressive. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2018.