Raymond Merlot Reserve 2005
Wine Tasting Notes Possesses a smooth, supple texture with aromas of berry, herbs, and smoky wood.~Rich and flavorful on the palate, the finish shows a nice balance of fruit character, black pepper, spice and wood tannins.~A definite food wine, it will complement smoked & grilled meats, sausages, roasted pork, baked ham, and red-sauced pastas.
Celebrating over 35 years of Napa Valley winemaking tradtion, Raymond Vineyards specializes in Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc.
I was skeptical of this Merlot, as its aroma permeated the instant the cork was released. It's fragrance as you lift the glass to your mouth and nose doesn't seem pleasant at all, but it is remarkably smooth on the pallet and very subtle. At first it hints of mild fruit flavors like cherries, raspberries and cranberries, even a hint of apple. by the time you're taking your last few sips it's smoky, oak and nutty flavors begin to come forward. For a bottle that costs less than $30, i was very pleased and would enjoy adding a few more bottles to my collection. Overall, this was a remarkable drop!
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The nose is full of ripe Comice pear and sweet Crenshaw melon; while on the palate, everything’s here for a well-made, extremely satisfying wine. It’s balanced, possesses ripe, juicy fruit, and has a goodly wash of acidity. It’s fairly light and crisp and very food friendly, particularly with citrus-based salads.