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Score: 94 | January 1, 2022 | Vinous/Antonio Galloni

The 2019 Knockout once again lives up to its colorful name. This Petite Sirah/Cabernet Sauvignon blend packs a tremendous punch. Inky dark fruit, spice, lavender, chocolate and grilled herbs saturate the palate and all the senses as this heady, opulent 2019 takes hold. What can I say? There is nothing subtle about the Knockout, that is for sure. And yet, it most certainly delivers the goods.

-- Antonio Galloni

Score: 96 | January 1, 2022 | Vinous/Antonio Galloni

The 2019 Surrealist, Jean-Charles Boisset's Cabernet Sauvignon/Petit Verdot blend, screams out of the glass with layers of plush, inky red fruit. Mocha, spice and rose petal complement the super-ripe fruit nicely. Unabashedly flamboyant and inviting, Surrealist captures the essence of the Boisset style...and personality.

-- Antonio Galloni

Score: 92 | January 1, 2022 | Vinous/Antonio Galloni

The 2019 JCB #17, 100% Cabernet Franc, emerges from a site on the eastern side of St. Helena. This racy, exuberant Franc delivers good varietal character and tons of personality. The 2019 is opulent, but also an incredibly elegant wine that might benefit from being opened just a bit earlier. There is real potential here.

Score: 94 | January 1, 2022 | Vinous/Antonio Galloni

The 2019 Phi is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in specially designed barrels from the Hermitage cooperage. Rich and explosive, with terrific energy, the 2019 has a lot to offer. Inky blue/purplish fruit, licorice, lavender, cloves and menthol lend gravitas to this potent Cabernet.

-- Antonio Galloni

Score: 94 | January 1, 2022 | Vinous/Antonio Galloni

The 2019 JCB #10 is an opulent, full-throttle wine packed with super-ripe red fruit, sweet spice, white chocolate, blood orange and mint. Readers will find a classic Jean-Charles Boisset Napa Cabernet built on texture and density.

--Antonio Galloni

Score: 93 | January 1, 2022 | Vinous/Antonio Galloni

The 2019 JCB #1 is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Powerful and layered, the 2019 opens nicely with time in the glass. Super-ripe dark fruit, grilled herbs, menthol, licorice and chocolate build as the 2019 fleshes out with a bit of time in the glass. Most of this fruit is from St. Helena, and that ripe character that oftens defines those wines really comes through here.

--Antonio Galloni

Score: 91-93 | January 1, 2022 | Vinous/Antonio Galloni

The 2019 Passion is a racy, voluptuous Napa Valley offering from Jean-Charles Boisset. Super-ripe dark cherry, plum, mocha, white chocolate and new oak are all kicked up in this exuberant, full-throttle red. Passion is not a shy wine, but it certainly delivers the goods.

--Antonio Galloni

Score: 94 | January 1, 2022 | Vinous/Antonio Galloni

The 2019 Generations, Raymond's top bottling, is terrific. The blend, taken from sites in St. Helena and Oakville, works so well here. Pliant and silky, with notable depth, the 2019 is wonderfully expressive right out of the gate. Black cherry, plum, lavender, spice and menthol build into the voluptuous finish.

-- Antonio Galloni

Score: 94 | January 1, 2022 | Vinous/Antonio Galloni

The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Yountville is one of the most distinguished wines in this range from Raymond. It offers up tons of dimension and breadth. Savory herbs, leather, tobacco and menthol add gorgeous layers of nuance to this deep, flavorful Cabernet.

-- Antonio Galloni

Score: 92 | January 1, 2022 | Vinous/Antonio Galloni

The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District is a plump, juicy wine. Inky dark fruit, licorice, lavender and spice lend layers of nuance to this easygoing, wonderfully appealing Cabernet. There is a feeling of immediacy to the Stags Leap Cabernet that is impossible to miss.

-- Antonio Galloni