R Collection by Raymond reflects our winery’s deep roots and pioneering spirit in California winemaking with a diverse collection of wines showcasing California’s vineyard bounty. The Lot No. 3 designation refers to the winemaking team of Stephanie Putnam, Kathy George and Jean-Charles Boisset who artfully crafted this wine from select lots of California Merlot.
After hand picking and crushing, the fruit was fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks with full skin contact for maximum color and flavor. The wine was aged in seasoned French and American oak barrels for 10 months to complement the natural Merlot fruit character.
Our R Collection Merlot fills the mouth with smooth cherry, raspberry and plum flavors that effortlessly meld with hints of earth and spice and ultimately culminate in a toasty vanilla finish. Full-bodied, yet approachable, the wine displays a good balance of acidity and tannins and would pair deliciously with grilled lamb chops.