Inspired by the Grenache driven wines of the Southern Rhone Valley, Le Mien (translates to "mine" in French) is Bob's version. Mostly Grenache, this wine also includes bits of Mourvedre, Counoise, and Cinsault. The result is an elegant and subtle food friendly wine boasting a great combination of earth and spice.
La Previa was created to embrace the wisdom of the great growers and winemakers of the Priorat region in Northeastern Spain. Most Priorat wines are heavy in Grenache with large pieces of Cabernet Sauvignon and Carignan and to a lesser extent Merlot and Syrah. After searching for Carignan in Washington for some time, Bob decided to play with a substitute in Counoise, which boasts some similar characteristics and viola! The resulting La Previa shows the elegance and minerality of its Grenache backbone while adding the structure and depth of Cabernet and the meat and spice of Counoise. A match we hope you enjoy as well.
Look for an early Spring release.
We sourced Counoise to blend with other Rhone varietals and make wines like Le Mien. As we began to understand the potential of this varietal on its own we thanked our lucky stars that we had enough to work into the blends we desired and bottle some on its own. Like its cousin Syrah, Counoise is raw, spicy, and thick, but adds a smoothness and a meaty quality that we love.
Red Mountain Syrah
In the Fall of 2010, the freeze hit hard, and all of the Syrah from McKinley Spring and Boushey were destined not to be present in the 2011 vintage. We decided to take the opportunity to explore other Syrah sources and found grower Damon Lalonde on Red Mountain. The vineyard hangs between Hedges and Grand Reve higher up the slopes of Red Mountain, a beautiful site the gave us the resulting Syrah. it was a sleeper for the first 18 months of its life, but has come on very strong and promises to perform for years to come.
Look for an early Spring release.
Grown in abundance throughout Spain and in the Southern Rhone Valley, Grenache finds itself very comfortable in the heat of Eastern Washington where it produces a unique and wonderful wine. Our Grenache is grown on Snipes Mountain in the Upland Vineyards upper reaches where it matures very evenly and produces a light, yet rich mix of fragrant fruit and minerality. Balance. Balance. Balance.
91 Points, Wine Advocate
Grenache Blanc de Noir
A few producers in France and Spain and almost none here in the United States have chosen to make white wine from the Grenache Noir grape. This is not the close cousin Greanche Blanc, but in fact the red varietal more commonly known as "Grenache". But how can we do that! Simple. Grenache gives color to wine slowly enough that when we press the whole clusters we get a beautiful hay colored juice without the salmon color that results from a few hours of contact with the skins. Proud and robust, with a red wines mouthful it ends with the crisp finish of a white wine.
Mason’s Red was created as a “food friendly” wine with generous acidity to complement all foods-except maybe breakfast cereal. Enjoy Mason’s any night, whether you’re eating a fresh harvest from the farmers’ market, oven-fired pizza, or creamy sauces that demand a wine with a structure that cuts through with a pleasurable balance. Mason’s is a Syrah-based blend that changes every year-picking up the flavors and the personality of the artist and the times. “To me, it’s a very personal, creative exercise blending Mason’s Red,” says Bob. “Like its namesake, I enjoy encouraging a wine’s natural greatness to emerge and shine.”
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Horse Heaven Hills Syrah
Full-bodied and spicy, this traditional Syrah makes a bold entrance and smooth, long finish. An inviting nose of mocha, baking spices, and toast greets you. With a tannic spine and heart of ripe marionberry, exotic chutney spices and subtle oak- it’s perfect with red meats, wild game and stews. Bob co-ferments exceptional fruit from the Horse Heaven Hills-renowned for its long growing season-with a bit of Viognier to increase depth of color and character-in the traditional Cote-Rhone style. The result is a delicious wine with succulent and bright fruit flavors and spice overtones that ages gracefully.
Upland Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
If you think of most cabernets as a yellow cab, this one’s a limousine. It’s luscious-rivaling the finest cabs of Washington State. Bob hit this one out of the ballpark. It’s elegant. With some good mineral overtones and hints of flint, it’s both assertive and supple-with complex flavors that never seem to end. You’ll want to savor each sip yet can’t wait for the next one. It strikes an incredible balance between tannic structure and layers of black currant, ripe Bing cherry, chocolate and tobacco-complemented by a restrained touch of toasty oak. Perfect with roasted meats, exotic cheeses, chocolate and a crackling fire.
McKinley Springs Mourvedre
More velvety. More earthy. More peppery than cabernet. This wine’s known for its lusty smoothness.
Bob worked with grower Rob Andrews at McKinley Springs to grow Mourvedre grapes to blend into his Syrah-then was won over by the flavor of the fruit and chose to pursue a true, powerful red like the ones found in Bandol, France.
The result was the best wine he’s made to date. Quoting his father’s latin, Bob says simply: “De gustibus non est disputandum” - when it comest to taste, there’s not dispute.
Just one sip and your guests will surely smile that smile we’ve come to love and say “More please.”
91 Points, Wine Advocate
Top 10 Best New Wines, Seattle Magazine
Hailing from one of most renown vineyards in Washington State we bring you our vineyard designate Boushey Syrah. The nose is always rich, complex and beautifully floral and is backed up by rich and complex fruit profiles.
93 Points, Wine Spectator
Columbia Valley Rose
Robert Ramsay Rose' is inspired by our love of Rose' fom Provence and Bandol in particular. It offers a bright fruity nose with hints of mineral and floral scents. Opening like a bowl of fresh fruit, its balanced acidity will embrace a hot summer’s day whether you pair it with a plate full of French cheese, or slow roasted baby back ribs.
The Dineen Vineyard located near Zillah, WA, is owned by Pat Dineen, a family friend. It is a cooler site in the upper Yakima Valley producing Syrah with depth and character, but also a subtlety and elegance. The Robert Ramsay Cellars Dineen Syrah is picked from Bridget’s Block, named after Pat’s daughter. With a limited number of cases each year, the majority of this wine is gobbled up by our Wine Club and select restaurants.
Dump Block Cabernet Sauvignon
A more muscular version of its sibling “Old Vine Block”, this Upland Vineyard Cabernet comes from the “Dump Block”, as it is referred to by grower Todd Newhouse. We liked the name and the wine that results from the Dump Block so much, we decided to continue Todd’s tradition on the label. The wine suggests dark cherry mixed with clove and mulling spices reminiscent of spiced cider simmering on the stove. The mouth feel is plush, rich and round with a youthful tense quality you know will mellow and deepen with age. Swallowing a mouthful draws out a balanced and curvaceous structure leading to a toasty finish.
McKinley Springs Syrah
Drink this Syrah now or cellar it for later, you will be pleased either way. From McKinley Springs we bring you one of our vineyard designated Syrah’s with a nose that wraps star anise, cherry and forest floor inside an inky package. Rich and chewy, the dark fruit drips from a bold backbone ending in a smoky finish with lingering bacon fat.
90 Points, Wine Spectator
Par La Mer
Inspired by Bandol in France, where the Mourvedre grape is king, we bring you a Bandol blend comprised of Mourvedre, Grenache and Cinsault. Par La Mer(PLM) is smooth, elegant and balanced yet complex and full of earth and spice, suggesting the old world characteristics that speak to it's classic roots.
91 Points, Wine Advocate
Double Gold, Seattle Wine Awards
Double Gold, San Francisco Int'l Wine Awards
Phinny Hill Cabernet Sauvignon
Phinny Hill Vineyard is among some of the best growing regions in the Horse Heaven Hills which consistently produce exceptional wine indicative of the unique terroir that is its origin. From vine to glass this wine is meticulously cared for and the results are something we are intensely proud of.