Raymond Vineyards, 'Reserve Selection', Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Classic Napa Valley Cabernet redolent of blackcurrant and cedar underpinned by chocolate flavours - elegant, smooth and opulent.
Raymond Vineyards, founded in 1970, is one of the Napa Valley’s pioneering estates. The Raymond family arrived in Napa in 1933 and have become deeply connected to the valley’s winemaking origins. In 1970, they established a 36 hectare estate in Rutherford, which now comprises 121 hectares in Rutherford, St. Helena and Jameson Canyon. Raymond’s Rutherford and St. Helena estate vineyards are certified organic and biodynamic; and 100% of the winery’s power comes from renewable solar energy. Five generations of the Raymond family have created a Napa icon, with an enduring reputation for elegant wines with a beautiful balance of finesse, opulence and complexity.
The 2016 vintage across California was a near-perfect growing season. A mild winter and spring led to a steady mild July and August, followed by warm days at the end of the season for the optimum ripeness. With warm days and cool nights in the summer, the ideal balance between acidity and concentrated fruit flavours was achieved.
The grapes for the Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon were sourced from organic and biodynamic vineyards in Rutherford, select vineyards on the hillsides of the Napa Valley and the balance coming from the heart of the Napa Valley. The hillsides provide structure and acidity to the wine, while the valley floor imparts a richness and plushness to the palate. The estate vineyards in Rutherford are located on gravelly alluvial fan soils with good drainage, a significant factor in growing excellent quality Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyards are diligently monitored throughout the growing season to balance the crop size and quality. Shoot thinning and leaf removal early in the growing season, followed by cluster thinning at véraison, help to achieve evenly ripened grapes with concentrated flavours.
This wine spent between 21 and 59 days on the skins and then was aged for 19 months in 100% French oak, of which 33% was new. The balance was aged in twice and thrice-used French oak. The final blend includes a small proportion of additional varieties for added depth and complexity.
With inviting aromas of dark spices and currants that mingle with fresh raspberry and blueberry, the round and plush entry is complemented by toasted oak and a fruit compote creating a velvety texture. Flavours of dark berry fruits and spice continue through to the long and rich finish creating a wine of great density.
Cabernet Sauvignon 90%, Petit Verdot 4%, Merlot 3%, Malbec 2%, Petite Sirah 1%
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Stephanie Putnam California Napa Valley USA
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