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Producer: Raymond VineyardsGrape Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon 89%, Merlot 8%, Cabernet Franc 3%Optimum Drinking: Within 12 yearsWine Style: Complex well balanced redAlcohol by Volume: 14.5%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: USA
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.
Raymond Vineyards has over 121 hectares of Estate vineyards in the Napa Valley, in three locations. Each parcel is matched to varietals which perform well in that particular climate and soil type. In addition, the winery maintains long term growing contracts with over 15 Napa Valley growers, allowing the winery to take advantage of the micro-climates and sub-appellations within the Napa Valley.
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.
This wine spent an average of 21 days on the skins, then was aged for 19 months in 28% new French oak. The balance was aged in once and twice-used French oak. The final blend includes Merlot and Cabernet Franc for added depth and complexity.
Roast pork tenderloin or hearty pasta dishes.
Cabernet Sauvignon 89%, Merlot 8%, Cabernet Franc 3%
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