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Producer: Raymond VineyardsGrape Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon 90%, Tannat 4%, Cabernet Franc 3%, Merlot 3%Optimum Drinking: Within 8 yearsWine Style: Well balanced smooth redAlcohol by Volume: 13.5%Closure: 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.
The R Collection Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from the finest vineyards throughout California, with each area adding a unique layer into the overall taste profile. The vines are planted in gravel soils overlaid with alluvial layers.
Minimal intervention winemaking techniques were used to allow the true Californian terroir to shine through. Fermented in stainless steel tanks to preserve the freshness and varietal characteristics of the Cabernet Sauvignon grape, with limited oak ageing to add subtle complexity.
This Cabernet Sauvignon opens with aromas of dark red fruits and blackberry pie accented with a touch of clove. Opulent on the palate with rich flavours of rhubarb, plum and blackcurrant which intermingle seamlessly with the smooth tannins and create a long, delicious finish.
Perfect complement to grilled steak or pulled pork.
Cabernet Sauvignon 78%, Petit Verdot 12%, Merlot 6%, Petite Sirah 4%
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