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Raymond Vineyards Reviews

Score: 90 | October 16, 2017 | Wine Enthusiast

From the warm appellation, this wine offers moderate structure and undeniable ripeness—a deep, brooding expression of dark chocolate, plum and leather. 

Score: 90 | October 16, 2017 | Wine Enthusiast

Boldly rich, with a hint of heat, this wine is ripe and dusty—two of the appellation’s most famous aspects. Blackberry, pepper jelly and tobacco flavors commingle, with sturdy grip of tannin and oak. 

Score: 90 | October 16, 2017 | Wine Enthusiast

Soft, lush and round, this wine has a dense backbone of oak and tannin and moderate acidity. Cherry cola and vanilla flavors ride along seamlessly to a toasty finish.

Score: 91 | October 16, 2017 | Wine Enthusiast

This 100% varietal wine from the rocky, mountainous appellation offers sizable tannins and robust, smoky leather, black pepper and cola notes. Full-bodied and concentrated with ripe black fruit, it’s a long, brawny experience. 

Score: 92 | October 16, 2017 | Wine Enthusiast

Dusty and tannic, this is a solid value for its quality—a wine of freshness and grip that offers complexity and approachability in equal measure. Black-cherry and black-pepper flavors highlight the palate. 

Score: 92 | October 16, 2017 | Wine Enthusiast

This is a juicy and ripe yet structured wine with tremendous grip. Coconut and plum notes meet on the palate, providing deep fruit accented with black pepper and clove. 

Score: Gold | October 3, 2017 | Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition
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: 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: 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: 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

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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