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Raymond Vineyards Reviews

Score: 94 | September 30, 2017 | Wine Spectator

Despite being tightly wound, this gushes with fresh, lively dark berry, sage, graphite, cedar and crushed rock flavors before substantial tannins close in. Should be long-lived. Best from 2021 through 2034. 336 cases made.
–JL

Score: 92 | September 30, 2017 | Wine Spectator

Fresh and lively, with a vibrant core of mineral, crushed rock, graphite, juicy plum and blackberry fruit that stays on point, ending with a long, detailed finish and the kind of fine-grained tannins that bode well for the future. Best from 2019 through 2029. 180 cases made.
–JL

Score: 92 | September 30, 2017 | Wine Spectator


Shows off a profile of currant, red berry and red licorice notes. Dense without being weighty, avoiding a tannic overload. Ends with a long, persistent finish. Best from 2019 through 2029. 17,000 cases made.
–JL

Score: Silver | August 10, 2017 | San Francisco International Wine Competition
Score: Gold | August 10, 2017 | San Francisco International Wine Competition
Score: Gold | August 10, 2017 | San Francisco International Wine Competition
Score: Double Gold | August 10, 2017 | San Francisco International Wine Competition
Score: Silver | June 20, 2017 | Sunset International Wine Competition
Score: Gold | June 16, 2017 | Critics Challenge
Score: Gold | June 9, 2017 | Ultimate Wine Challenge

92 points 

Excellent, Highly Recommended
Stately and elegant nose of cassis, black currant, brown spice, tobacco, and cedar. Bold, meaty tannins frame unctuous black cherry, tar, dried violet, and olive tapenade flavors and a mouth-coating, lasting finish ensues. A beautiful, classic California Cabernet.

Score: Silver | June 1, 2017 | Los Angeles International Wine Competition
Score: 92 | May 1, 2017 | Wine Spectator

Exhibits a rich, complex mix of green apple, pear, melon and toasty oak flavors. Deep without being weighty. The oak adds traction on the finish.

Score: 90 | March 2, 2017 | Planet Grape

Full, rich, concentrated and chewy with notes of cherry, cassis, black licorice, espresso, cedar and campfire. 

Score: Double Gold | January 19, 2017 | American Fine Wine Competition
Score: Double Gold | January 19, 2017 | American Fine Wine Competition
Score: 90 | December 9, 2016 | Wine & Spirits

Powerfully extracted, this needs long exposure to air before the hard edges relent, moving from mineral oil, heat and black tannins to a smoother, softer feel. The texture becomes round and lush, while the mineral notes in the tannins keep it to an elegant line.

Score: Silver | June 30, 2016 | International Women's Wine Competition
Score: Gold | January 28, 2016 | American Fine Wine Competition
Score: Gold | January 28, 2016 | American Fine Wine Competition
Score: Double Gold | January 11, 2016 | San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Score: 90 | December 1, 2015 | Wine & Spirits

A rich red, this is structured and firm in the middle, then it loosens up to a touch of sweetness in the end. There's interesting detail in the tannins, yielding the scent of tobacco and the feel of crushed stone. The flavors are smoky with oak, broad and juicy, built for eggplant roasted with ground lamb. 

Score: 91 | December 1, 2015 | Wine Enthusiast

Cellar Selection                                                                                                                   
From the cooler reaches of the Napa Valley, this Coombsville wine is herbal and leathery, with a taste of bittersweet chocolate at its core. Integrated oak plays a background role behind baked plum and intense, ripe fruit, finishing in tobacco.  — V.B.

Score: 89 | October 1, 2015 | Wine Enthusiast

Crisp and high in acidity, this wine mixes cinnamon, vanilla and pear flavors, accented by a note of exotic orange blossom on the nose. With a low presence of oak and medium body, it remains fresh and vibrant in the glass, offering a hit of toast and vanilla on the finish. —V.B. 

Score: 88 | September 1, 2015 | Wine Enthusiast

Fleshy and dry, this voluptuous wine has an abundance of creamy weight on the palate, but it never veers too far, remaining balanced and ultimately elegant. Stone fruit and quince vie for attention, with a salty undertow of lemongrass and ginger.

  — V.B. 

Score: Silver | February 9, 2015 | American Fine Wine Competition