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Producer: Raymond VineyardsGrape Varieties: Chardonnay 100%Optimum Drinking: Within 4 yearsWine Style: Fresh un-oaked ChardonnayAlcohol by Volume: 13.5%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: USA
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 2016 vintage across California was a near-perfect growing season. A mild winter and spring led to a steady mild July and August, followed by warm days at the end of the season for the optimum ripeness. With warm days and cool nights in the summer, the ideal balance between acidity and concentrated fruit flavours was achieved.
Sourced from the finest North and Central Coast vineyards throughout California, with each area adding a unique layer into the overall taste profile.
Minimal intervention winemaking techniques were used to allow the true Californian terroir to shine through. Primarily fermented in stainless steel tanks to preserve the freshness and varietal characteristics of the Chardonnay grape, a small proportion was fermented in oak to add subtle complexity.
The fresh, floral nose opens with bright citrus notes complemented by a touch of vanilla. Crisp, with a beautiful minerality, tangy citrus notes and a touch of vanilla on the exquisitely balanced palate, this wine is smooth on the finish.
A versatile wine which makes it the perfect pairing with a variety of dishes, from grilled shellfish to spicy Thai cuisine.
Chardonnay 93%, Sauvignon Blanc 5%, Muscat Blanc 2%
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