Westwood Legend Proprietary Red 2015 | Special Rhone Blend from Sonoma
Châteauneuf lovers and Rhône Rangers, saddle up for Westwood Legend Proprietary Red 2015. Made of equal parts Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, and Tannat from the biodynamically farmed Annadel Gap estate vineyard. This was ushered to bottle by none other than the legendary Dave Ramey, assisted by Ben Cane, who also works for Twomey. Red vines, dried strawberries, chocolate-covered cherries, hickory smoke, and black pepper all compete for your attention in this lavish red!
91WE | Westwood Legend Proprietary Red 2015 is a proprietary estate-grown blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Zinfandel, aged in French oak. With savory flavors of earth, black licorice, tobacco, meat, and leather. Together lifting on the palate by fresh blueberry and blackberry tones, dusted in chocolate shavings.
Rockstar Winemaking team of David Ramey & Ben Cane
Antonio Galloni let the cat out of the bag last March in his report “Sonoma’s Sensational 2015s. While extolling the top releases as “exotic, viscerally thrilling wines endowed with phenomenal purity, depth, and intensity.” Rather, it was a low-yield vintage that especially favored Rhône varieties delivering impressive concentration. Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre ripened to perfection. Yet, for the star-studded winemaking team at Westwood, the conditions were a godsend. Headed by the legendary David Ramey and Napa veteran Ben Cane—releasing just their second vintage.
Westwood Legend Proprietary Red 2015 is A luscious, 91-point Sonoma Red, crafted by Ramey and Cane. While bursting with “Savory Flavors. And lifted on the palate by fresh blueberry and blackberry tones, dusted in chocolate shavings. Notably, from the vintage Vinous called “sensational” for $29.99 per bottle? That’s what we call a sure thing.
Winemaker David Ramey
David Ramey is a giant of California winemaking, a man who over the last 30 years has done more than nearly anyone to define the style of West Coast Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Chardonnay. His stunning Burgundian and Rhône-style wines are paeans to Sonoma’s lush coastal, cool-climate terroir: sculpted, precise, and increasingly difficult to source without paying a fortune.
For Ramey, who brought his time at Château Pétrus to bear on the founding of superstar wineries like Dominus, Rudd, and Chalk Hill, this was familiar territory. At Ramey Wine Cellars, he has long said that his desire was never to make a Meursault or Saint-Joseph, but to produce Sonoma wines that reflect this region’s unique, coastal, cool-climate influence. Together with Cane, he has succeeded brilliantly with this phenomenal under-$30 release, balancing voluptuous wild fruit and bracing vibrancy.
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|Why add this wine to your Collection / Cellar?||Super Smart Buy | Rockstar Winemaking team of David Ramey & Ben Cane delivers an uncommon Rhone Red Blend from Sonoma | Galloni calls this one of Sonoma’s Sensational 2015s|
|Why now?||Limited availability|
|WBOTD Cellaring Worthiness Rating|
|Expert Ratings||92WA | 91WE | 95TP|
|What is it?||Sonoma Valley Annadel Gap Vineyard Red Blend|
|What’s in it?||Grenache · Mourvedre · Syrah · Tannat | ABV 14.5%|
|When to drink?||Now to 2025+|
|Pair with:||Pairs w/Red & White Meat & Hard Cheese|
|Drink with:||Good Friends & Family|
|Occasion||When you want to drink an uncommon Red Blend that performs well with most anything|
|If you want to drink now...||Decant 30 Minutes|
|Recommended purchase Qty:||4+|