Awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their April 2018 edition review of 2014 Californian Cabernet Sauvignon (see blue link below).
Raymond Reserve CS 2014 - April 2018 Decanter review
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 grapes for the Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon were sourced from the vineyards in Rutherford and St. Helena, as well as select nearby growers. The estate vineyards are located on gravelly alluvial fan soils with good drainage, necessary for 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 veraison, help to achieve evenly ripened grapes with concentrated flavours. Winemaking This wine spent an average of 21 days on the skins, then was aged for 18 months in 30% new French oak. The balance was aged in once and twice-used French oak. The final blend includes a small proportion of additional varieties for added depth and complexity.
This Reserve Selection Cabernet Sauvignon has rich aromas of blackcurrant, black cherry and plum that are enhanced by fragrant notes of raspberry and cocoa. Ripe cherry and peppery spice flavours compliment the well-structured and complex palate.
This wine is a great match with roast pork tenderloin or hearty pasta dishes.