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BEHIND
THE WINE

When the history of Napa County's winemaking is rewritten many years from now, Kent Rasmussen will certainly be included. His Pinot Noirs are some of the best in the state.

A native Californian, born in San Francisco, Kent Rasmussen spent his early years in Belmont, on San Francisco's Lower Peninsula. He later attended high school in the southern California community of Whittier, where a foreign exchange program placed him with a winemaking family in Germany. Bitten by the winemaking bug, he started producing wine at home upon return to the States.

 

His passion and enjoyment of this hobby led Kent to take it to the next level.  He decided to pursue his longtime grape growing and winemaking bug on a professional level. He enrolled at UC Davis and earned a Bachelor of Science in Enology. After graduating he gained valuable winemaking knowledge and experience at Robert Mondavi Winery, Domaine Chandon, Stellenbosch Farmers' Winery in South Africa and Saltram's Wine Estate in Australia's Barossa Valley, before starting his own Ramsay winery in 1986. 

 

Ramsay (named after Kent’s wife Celia’s maiden name) is best known for its high quality, but lower-price wines. Ramsay Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon are often poured by the glass in wine bars and restaurants.

 

Since its modest beginnings in a Carneros garage on Cuttings Wharf Road in 1986, the Ramsay winery has evolved as its owners’ lives have changed.  Part of this evolution recently included bringing Ramsay into the portfolio of Kent’s long-time business partner- 689 Cellars.  In its new home at 689 Cellars, the Ramsay brand has undergone a label refresh, but the wines will remain true-to-form, representing some of the best values California has to offer.

 

Kent’s passion for winemaking is as strong as ever. He has often stated that the unfortunate truth about wine is that you only get one chance a year to make it; he jokes, “I think I’m finally figuring out how it all works!” 

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2021

Pinot Noir

purely poetic

A beautiful ruby red in color, our 2021 Pinot bursts with cherries, raspberries, and a touch of cassis. Medium-bodied, this wine has wonderful deep flavors that satisfy every inch of your palate. Rich flavors of fresh fruit join with soft oak to create a beautifully long and smooth finish.

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2021

MERLOT

simply approachable

A vibrant red in the glass, our 2021 Merlot has expressive notes of rich plum, dark cherry, and a touch of sweet baking spice. Soft and subtle on the palate, the velvety finish reveals delightful notes of chocolate and vanilla. 

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OUR
WINES

2020

Cabernet
Sauvignon

classic

Deep purple-black in color with a rich nose of cedar, mint and black fruit. Full-bodied and structured, the wine bursts with layers of blackberry, boysenberry and blueberry. The wine has nice intensity, highlighting rounded tannins and a spicy earth-laced finish.

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ACCOLADES

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RAMSAY

Pinot Noir

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RAMSAY

 Cabernet Sauvignon

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DISTRIBUTION

Alabama
Rush Wines
2516 Commerce Square W
Irondale, AL 35210


Arkansas
Arkansas Wine & Spirit
1900 E 15th St
Little Rock, AR 72202
(501) 801-7563

 

Arizona
Classico Fine Wines
2209 W 1st St #111

Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 557-8466

 

California
Skurnik
1200 Green Island Rd
American Canyon, CA 94503
415-805-7133


Colorado
Classic Beverage Company
6489 E 39th Ave

Denver, CO 80207
(303) 825-1360

Connecticut
Skurnik
48 W 25th St
9th Floor
New York, NY 10010
212-273-9463

 

Florida
Winebow Fine Wine & Spirits
1822 SW 2nd St,

Pompano Beach, FL 33069
(954) 861-2520

 

Georgia
Winebow
280 Riveside Parkway SW #400

Austell, GA 30168
(404) 367-9463


Iowa
Cask & Cork
1908 N Jennifer Pl,

Sioux Falls, SD 57104
(605)-431-3925


Idaho
Northwest Specialty Beverage
7293 W Airway Ct

Boise, ID 83709
(208) 914-0788


Illinois 
Louis Glunz wines
630 Margate Dr

Lincolnshire, IL 60069
(847) 793-0800

Indiana
Skurnik
6215 Hi-Tek Court
Mason, OH 45040
513-229-3630


Kansas

Ad Astra Selections

9892 Pflumm Rd

Lenexa

KS 66215

Kentucky
Skurnik
6215 Hi-Tek Court
Mason, OH 45040
513-229-3630

Maine
Nappi Distributors
615 Main St
Gorham
ME 04038

 

Massachusetts 

MS Walker Inc.

300 Meadow Rd, Boston,

MA 02136

(617) 776-6700

 

Michigan

Veritas Distributors

32185 Hollingsworth Ave B

Warren, MI 48092

(586) 977-5799
 

Mississippi 

Steve Tonore (Broker)

 

Missouri

Bommarito Wines & Spirits

2465 Centerline Industrial Dr, Maryland Heights,

MO 63043

(314) 961-8996

 

Montana

Cardinal Distributing Co.

269 Jackrabbit Ln, Bozeman

MT 59718

(406) 586-0241

 

New Jersey

Skurnik

48 W 25th St

9th Floor

New York, NY 10010

212-273-9463
 

New Mexico

Mission Valley Distributing

Justin Harper

missionvalleydist@gmail.com

(915) 202-4919

New York

Skurnik

48 W 25th St

9th Floor

New York, NY 10010

212-273-9463

North Carolina

Fine Wine Trading Co.

200 Forsyth Hall Dr # B-1

Charlotte, NC 28273

(704) 504-1744

 

North Dakota

Cask & Cork
1908 N Jennifer Pl,

Sioux Falls, SD 57104
(605)-431-3925

 

Ohio

Skurnik

6215 Hi-Tek Court

Mason, OH 45040

513-229-3630

Oklahoma

Handcrafted Wines
4157 S 72nd E Ave
Tulsa, OK 74145

 

Oregon

American Northwest Distributors

239 SE Madison St

Portland, OR 97214

(503) 477-6125

 

Pennsylvania

D’Andrea Wine & Liquor Imports

670 Rodi Rd

Pittsburgh, PA 15235

(412) 241-9000

South Carolina

Breakthru Beverage

101 Beverage Blvd

Ridgeway, SC 29130

(803) 337-3500

South Dakota

Cask & Cork 
1908 N Jennifer Pl, 
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
(605) 431-3925

 

Tennesse 

Ajax Turner

4010 Centrepointe Dr

La Vergne, TN 37086

(615) 501-9900

Tennesse

Eagle Distributing

310 Radford Pl

Knoxville, TN 37917

(865) 637-3311

Texas

Dynamo Specialty Distributing

1551 Clovis R Barker Rd Suite 301, San Marcos, TX 78666

(512) 377-9548

West Texas

Mission Valley Distributing

Justin Harper

missionvalleydist@gmail.com

(915) 202-4919

 

Virgina

The Robins Cellar

9878 Maryland Dr,

Richmond, VA 23233

(804) 346-5060
 

Vermont

Calmont Beverage Co

308 Industrial Ln

Barre, VT 05641

(802) 223-3281

 

Washington

American Northwest Distributors

6733 E Marginal Way S

Seattle, WA 98108

(877) 665-1521
 

Wisconsin

General Beverage/Prestige Wine:

6169 McKee Rd

Fitchburg, WI 53719

608-271-1234

From picking the grapes, to blending them, Kent has had a hand in making every bottle of Ramsay wine that is produced. He leaves his thumbprint on each bottle to ensure that each wine is the best quality and blend possible.

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