Celebrating over 35 years of Napa Valley winemaking tradtion, Raymond Vineyards specializes in Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc.
Balance is what comes to mind with this very nice Napa Cab. All of the flavors blend very harmoniously, with nice fruit, juicy tannins and beautiful aromas of cherry and dark fruit.
My current favorite. Very good characteristics. Mid palate has a 'glycerin' lightness to it. Wine is full bodied with strong oak and plum.
FIRST NIGHTThe nose opens with blackcurrant jelly, a lot of blackcurrant jelly, plus a bit of plum. After a few minutes some cigar box and a hint of mint come through the fruit.The initial attack was black fruit and sour unripe plums. Alcohol was a little hot, the wine a little thinner than expected, medium rather than full bodied. The tannins were puckeringly dry. Finish was medium length.Based on the sharpness and the super-dry tannins, I expect big changes from day one to day two.SECOND NIGHTWhat a difference a day makes. The nose was still blackcurrant jelly, but now the sharpness and heat were down and some vanilla made an appearance. Secondary smells followed, cedar and lavendar, and even here for a sceond and gone again roses. Nobody would smell this and think anything other than "Napa Cab."The firs tastes in this were, you guessed it, blackcurrant jelly, but instead of being joined by unripe plums like on night one, black cherries were the dance partner. Vanilla didn't actually cut in, just danced gently in the background, and vanilla and rose waltzed onto the floor for the second verse of the song. Tannins were soft and smooth. Wine was dry, but not puckering. Instead they just made a firm backbone, offering promise of cellar growth. Throughout night two the wine softened, getting a better more full-bodied mouth feel. CONCLUSIONThis was a good, not great but good, classic Napa Cab, all blackcurrants and vanilla. Raymond Vineyards avoided the temptation to over-oak this under-$30 wine, something I truly appreciate. Based upon the two day tasting, I think it will improve for a few years. Nobody will ever mistake it for a First Growth Bordeaux, but they will also not guess it came from the middle shelf at the grocery store. If you ev
Very nice nose of cranberry and cherry. Pleasant enough finish. This is a very red berry fruit-forward wine, without much mid-palate. Medium to low body. Nice wine for the nose, but not for the money.
a smooth soft, delightfully refreshing cabernet, not overpowering, full fruity flavor throughly enjoyable !
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