I'd been sitting on this bottle of Ramey Claret for a few years now - I only have one bottle of 2007 Napa left, and it's my Chappellet Signature that I'm saving for a special occasion.
I've had the 2006 Ramey Claret before. You can see my reflections on it here.
The 2007 was a beautiful garnet color. It was light in the glass - not as heavy as a pure Cabernet.
The 2007 seemed meatier than I remember the 2006 being, with hints of smoke on the nose - but still that powerful fruit.
The tannins were more refined, too, and helped harmonize the acidity, which was almost tart, with heavy currant accents.
I wish I had a larger supply of this and the 2006. It would be interesting to drink them side by side. Sadly my supply of verticals is almost nonexistent, nor do I have the fortitude to make it through more than one bottle of wine on my own.
Regardless, I loved the 2007 Ramey Claret, and my friends did, too. This was the follow-up to the bottle of Ovide en Cerise we drank earlier that night.
Books: Finished The Maze Runner, and almost done with Paddle Your Own Canoe. Not sure what's in store next - that will depend on the library. I do have three more volumes of Echoes of All Our Conversations. I might spend some time with one of them.
Bottles: Oh, man. 2010 Tor Beckstoffer To Kalon "Anniversary Cuvee." And then a taste of 1983 Chateau Margaux. Yes, the real deal.
Writing: I made a lot of progress the past week on revisions. I'm feeling pretty good.
Guitar: I was gone in Nashville and didn't get to touch my guitars. Sad face.