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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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ABOUT
WINES
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Pinot Noir

purely poetic

A beautiful ruby red in color, our 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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MERLOT

simply approachable

A vibrant red in the glass, our 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

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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Chardonay

california crisp

Crisp and vibrant, yet amazingly luscious. This Chardonnay delights with aromas of pear, green apple, citrus, and a touch of floral blossom.

Medium-bodied, the palate is refreshing with a perfect balance of acidity and minerality. Subtle and floral notes lead to an elegant finish . 

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ACCOLADES

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90

2021

RAMSAY

Pinot Noir

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2020

RAMSAY

 Cabernet Sauvignon

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2022

RAMSAY

Chardonnay

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