Raymond Vineyard Merlot 2005

Winemaker's Notes:

About This Wine: 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon from the family's original Rutherford estate property. This wine has deep garnet color and intense aromas of black cherry, vanilla, toasted almonds, cinnamon and cocoa. Rich, full-bodied flavors of black cherry, blackberry and chocolate with hints of spice, cassis and currants that lead into the lingering finish of oak and vanilla.<br/><br/> <strong>Vineyard Notes:</strong> The grapes for the Rutherford Merlot come from our family's original Rutherford estate property purchased in 1970, which has some of the oldest vines growing in the Napa Valley. The maturity of the vines contribute to the concentrated Merlot flavors and the rich Rutherford soils, with their good drainage, are an essential component in high quality grape growing.<br/><br/> <strong>Production Notes:</strong> The grapes were fermented on the skins for ten days at 75-80 degrees with pumpovers performed twice daily. After fermentation, the wine was gently pressed, racked and moved to seasoned, medium toast, tight grained barrels for 17 months of aging using 60% American oak for added rich vanilla notes and the balance in French oak to impart subtle oak influences. Tight grained barrels yield their oak characteristics to wines slowly for a consistent, well-rounded aging process. The final blend includes Cabernet for added depth and complexity.<br/><br/> <strong>Food Pairing:</strong> A versatile wine that will pair well with balsamic and fig roast pork tenderloin, barbecued pork ribs, cherry glazed duck, wild game, hearty soups and stews, sage and garlic rubbed turkey or a cheese course with dried fruit and nuts.<br/><br/> About The Vineyard: The grapes for the Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon come from our family’s original Rutherford estate property purchased in 1970. The vineyard has a Lyre trellis system pruned to quadrilateral cordons with vines spaced eight feet apart and ten feet between each row. The maturity of the vines contribute to the concentrated Cabernet flavors and the rich Rutherford soils, with their good drainage, are an essential component in high quality grape growing. The 2005 growing season was marked by cool summer weather, extending ripening periods by several weeks. The longer ripening period allowed for even fruit development in the vineyard and contributed to high quality wines from the 2005 vintage. Grapes for this wine were hand picked and sorted the last week of September and second week of October.<br/><br/> About The Winery: Roy Raymond, Sr. and his two sons, Roy Jr., and Walter founded Raymond Vineyards in 1971. This father and sons team worked together to plant and build Raymond Vineyards. Roy, Jr. and Walter still work side-by-side running the winery and producing fine Napa Valley wines.<br/><br/> The Raymond family and Napa's history are closely linked. Roy Raymond Sr. arrived in the Napa Valley in 1933 and was hired as a cellar worker at Beringer Brothers Winery in St. Helena. He met Martha Jane Beringer and they were married in 1936.<br/><br/> Martha Jane's grandfather and granduncle, Jacob and Frederic Beringer, had founded their California winery in 1876 after emigrating from Germany. Her father, Otto Beringer steered the winery through the difficult period of Prohibition by producing sacramental wine for religious purposes. Roy Raymond Sr. was selected to help with the long process of rebuilding, after Prohibition was repealed.<br/><br/> Roy and Martha Jane had two sons, Roy Jr. and Walter. Growing up in the Napa Valley, the boys spent many hours with their father in the winery and vineyards at Beringer. After attending college they took their places as 4th generation winemakers in the family business.<br/><br/> After Beringer Winery was sold in 1971, the Raymond family left to start making wine under the Raymond name. They purchased 90 acres just south of St. Helena in the geographic heart of Napa Valley. Their first harvest was in 1974.<br/><br/> A metal farm building functioned as their winery for the first few years, the grapes were unloaded with pitchforks and shovels, and the tasting room and offices were in Roy Sr.'s backyard pool house! The quality of the wines attracted immediate attention from wine journalists, competitions and the public. Raymond wines now earn accolades across the country for their elegance, balance and finesse.<br/><br/> Today, Roy, Jr. is the winery's Executive Advisor. Walter is President and heads up winemaking and all production activities. Roy Jr. has seen his son, Craig take over duties as Vineyard Manager. Walter's daughter, Krisi has been involved in sales, marketing and winemaking. With the addition of this 5th generation, Raymond family members oversee all operations, from grape growing and winemaking to sales and marketing.<br/><br/> Roy Sr. continued to be active in the family winery until shortly before his death in 1998. His kindness, generosity, strong work ethic and dedication to excellence continue to be an influence on a daily basis. The Raymond family and staff are proud to carry on this 130 year old tradition of creating fine Napa Valley wines in a close knit family tradition.<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>Vintage:</strong> 2005<br/><br/> <strong>Varietal:</strong> Merlot<br/><br/> <strong>Appellation:</strong> Rutherford, Napa Valley<br/><br/> <strong>Harvest Date:</strong> The Last Week of September<br/><br/> <strong>PH:</strong> 3.53<br/><br/> <strong>Aging:</strong> 17 months<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 14.4%<br/><br/>

Region: USA » California
Color: Red
Varietal: Merlot
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Celebrating over 35 years of Napa Valley winemaking tradtion, Raymond Vineyards specializes in Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc.

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About This Wine: 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon from the family's original Rutherford estate property. This wine has deep garnet color and intense aromas of black cherry, vanilla, toasted almonds, cinnamon and cocoa. Rich, full-bodied flavors of black cherry, blackberry and chocolate with hints of spice, cassis and currants that lead into the lingering finish of oak and vanilla.<br/><br/> <strong>Vineyard Notes:</strong> The grapes for the Rutherford Merlot come from our family's original Rutherford estate property purchased in 1970, which has some of the oldest vines growing in the Napa Valley. The maturity of the vines contribute to the concentrated Merlot flavors and the rich Rutherford soils, with their good drainage, are an essential component in high quality grape growing.<br/><br/> <strong>Production Notes:</strong> The grapes were fermented on the skins for ten days at 75-80 degrees with pumpovers performed twice daily. After fermentation, the wine was gently pressed, racked and moved to seasoned, medium toast, tight grained barrels for 17 months of aging using 60% American oak for added rich vanilla notes and the balance in French oak to impart subtle oak influences. Tight grained barrels yield their oak characteristics to wines slowly for a consistent, well-rounded aging process. The final blend includes Cabernet for added depth and complexity.<br/><br/> <strong>Food Pairing:</strong> A versatile wine that will pair well with balsamic and fig roast pork tenderloin, barbecued pork ribs, cherry glazed duck, wild game, hearty soups and stews, sage and garlic rubbed turkey or a cheese course with dried fruit and nuts.<br/><br/> About The Vineyard: The grapes for the Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon come from our family’s original Rutherford estate property purchased in 1970. The vineyard has a Lyre trellis system pruned to quadrilateral cordons with vines spaced eight feet apart and ten feet between each row. The maturity of the vines contribute to the concentrated Cabernet flavors and the rich Rutherford soils, with their good drainage, are an essential component in high quality grape growing. The 2005 growing season was marked by cool summer weather, extending ripening periods by several weeks. The longer ripening period allowed for even fruit development in the vineyard and contributed to high quality wines from the 2005 vintage. Grapes for this wine were hand picked and sorted the last week of September and second week of October.<br/><br/> About The Winery: Roy Raymond, Sr. and his two sons, Roy Jr., and Walter founded Raymond Vineyards in 1971. This father and sons team worked together to plant and build Raymond Vineyards. Roy, Jr. and Walter still work side-by-side running the winery and producing fine Napa Valley wines.<br/><br/> The Raymond family and Napa's history are closely linked. Roy Raymond Sr. arrived in the Napa Valley in 1933 and was hired as a cellar worker at Beringer Brothers Winery in St. Helena. He met Martha Jane Beringer and they were married in 1936.<br/><br/> Martha Jane's grandfather and granduncle, Jacob and Frederic Beringer, had founded their California winery in 1876 after emigrating from Germany. Her father, Otto Beringer steered the winery through the difficult period of Prohibition by producing sacramental wine for religious purposes. Roy Raymond Sr. was selected to help with the long process of rebuilding, after Prohibition was repealed.<br/><br/> Roy and Martha Jane had two sons, Roy Jr. and Walter. Growing up in the Napa Valley, the boys spent many hours with their father in the winery and vineyards at Beringer. After attending college they took their places as 4th generation winemakers in the family business.<br/><br/> After Beringer Winery was sold in 1971, the Raymond family left to start making wine under the Raymond name. They purchased 90 acres just south of St. Helena in the geographic heart of Napa Valley. Their first harvest was in 1974.<br/><br/> A metal farm building functioned as their winery for the first few years, the grapes were unloaded with pitchforks and shovels, and the tasting room and offices were in Roy Sr.'s backyard pool house! The quality of the wines attracted immediate attention from wine journalists, competitions and the public. Raymond wines now earn accolades across the country for their elegance, balance and finesse.<br/><br/> Today, Roy, Jr. is the winery's Executive Advisor. Walter is President and heads up winemaking and all production activities. Roy Jr. has seen his son, Craig take over duties as Vineyard Manager. Walter's daughter, Krisi has been involved in sales, marketing and winemaking. With the addition of this 5th generation, Raymond family members oversee all operations, from grape growing and winemaking to sales and marketing.<br/><br/> Roy Sr. continued to be active in the family winery until shortly before his death in 1998. His kindness, generosity, strong work ethic and dedication to excellence continue to be an influence on a daily basis. The Raymond family and staff are proud to carry on this 130 year old tradition of creating fine Napa Valley wines in a close knit family tradition.<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>Vintage:</strong> 2005<br/><br/> <strong>Varietal:</strong> Merlot<br/><br/> <strong>Appellation:</strong> Rutherford, Napa Valley<br/><br/> <strong>Harvest Date:</strong> The Last Week of September<br/><br/> <strong>PH:</strong> 3.53<br/><br/> <strong>Aging:</strong> 17 months<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 14.4%<br/><br/>

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