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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Ram the Gates!

Feeling overwhelmed by the multitude of Sauvignon Blancs out there? Ready for a change to another wine white wine? I understand and I would have agreed until I had the Ram’s Gate 2012 Sauvignon Blanc from Sonoma. There’s lime, grapefruit, and lemon on the nose, a slight caramel and vanilla followed by a clean smooth and subtle finish with the acidity filling the mouth without electrifying your gums. This is one of those wines that smells exactly as it tastes throughout – it’s not one of those wines that jukes you out: smells like something, tastes like something else! It is a solid, impactful wine, completely avoiding the herbaceous, wet grass, cat pee and/or astringency of other versions - not that there’s anything wrong with that. So if you prefer a more restrained, elegant and structured Sauvignon Blanc, here it is. As the wine warms in your glass delicate honey notes begin to emerge. This is a beautifully balanced wine, and far too easy to consume, so you’d better pick up several bottles. The wines are not readily available outside of the winery, but fortunately the winery itself is cool hip, trendy, comfortable, impressive AND the wines are terrific. Stop in, visit the facility, get lost in their food and wine pairings and give some love to the Sauvignon Blanc. RAM'S GATE
And check out a mention of Ram’s Gate I wrote for THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
ORIGIN: Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California
PRICE: $28 / 750 ML
ALCOHOL: 14.2%

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