Raymond Reserve Merlot 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

The wine opens with fragrant aromas of ripe plum and cranberry with hints of espresso bean, leather and Earl Grey tea. On the palate, bold flavors of mixed red and black berries are layered with the earthiness of clay and stone, with smooth tannins for a long, toasty finish. A versatile wine to pair with a variety of foods, including roast chicken with vegetables, lamb chops, marinated pork tenderloin, smoked salmon with wild rice pilaf, braised duck, mushroom risotto, and hearty soups and stews. Delicious at an early age, but will benefit from additional cellaring of 5-7 years past the vintage date.

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Raymond Vineyards:
Celebrating over 35 years of Napa Valley winemaking tradtion, Raymond Vineyards specializes in Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc.
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External Reviews for Raymond Reserve Merlot

External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
07/19/2013

The cornerstone of the Raymond portfolio, the Reserve Selection wines are exclusively from Napa Valley. The Reserve Selection wines are perennial wine list selections at America s finest restaurants and are highly acclaimed by some of the nation s most revered wine critics.



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The wine opens with fragrant aromas of ripe plum and cranberry with hints of espresso bean, leather and Earl Grey tea. On the palate, bold flavors of mixed red and black berries are layered with the earthiness of clay and stone, with smooth tannins for a long, toasty finish. A versatile wine to pair with a variety of foods, including roast chicken with vegetables, lamb chops, marinated pork tenderloin, smoked salmon with wild rice pilaf, braised duck, mushroom risotto, and hearty soups and stews. Delicious at an early age, but will benefit from additional cellaring of 5-7 years past the vintage date.

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