Raymond Vineyards Reviews
Lots of pine and conifer characteristics emerge from the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon District Collection Howell Mountain. Medium to full-bodied, it offers complex truffle and truffle nuances, terrific sweetness in its blue fruits, and impeccable balance. It’s great today but will cruise for 15-20+ years in good cellars.
One of the standouts in the District Collection series is the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon District Collection Rutherford. It offers more black fruits, savory herbs, earth, and graphite as well as a powerful, full-bodied style on the palate. It’s concentrated, deep, and layered, and has building structure. It’s a serious Cabernet Sauvignon that needs 3-5 years of cellaring and will cruise for 20-25 years.
The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon District Collection Oakville offers more red fruits, with plenty of spice, graphite, and floral notes. It’s pretty, elegant, and as seamless as it gets. I suspect it will age gracefully as well though, given its balance.
Leading off the District Collection series, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon District Collection Yountville is a silky, medium to full-bodied, beautifully balanced effort that has classic black cherries, ground herbs, and smoke tobacco notes. It’s a sexy gem of a wine that has no hard edges and a beautiful finish.
The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon District Collection St. Helena comes from more sandy, gravelly soils and it’s a more fruit-forward, elegant effort that has impressive red currants, vanilla bean, and spice. It’s another balanced, pleasure-bent, impeccably made Cabernet Sauvignon that can be drunk today or cellar for upwards of two decades
A terrific example of this warmer mountain terroir located in the northern part of the valley, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon District Collection Diamond Mountain has the textbook savoriness, dried red fruits, and earthy minerality that I always find in wines from Diamond Mountain. It’s full-bodied, layered, and seamless, and while it has plenty of upfront charm, it’s going to keep for 20 years without any issues.
I loved the 2016 1 1/2 Acre Red, a sweetly fruited, medium to full-bodied effort that has incredible charm and personality its red and black fruits, spice, dried flowers, and potpourri-like aromas and flavors. A blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Malbec, 6% each of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot, it’s a beautiful wine that will drink well for 15+ years.
This is a well-integrated wine from the warmer appellation, the oak and tannin relatively tamed within a rich framework of baked plum, cherry and exuberant acidity. The flavors are robustly concentrated and widely appealing.
Made predominantly from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, this bold full-bodied blend is invitingly floral in cherry blossom and coconut flakes, the oak showy and present. Cherry and cassis flavors are rounded and rich on the palate and the body brawny and broadly defined in tannin and oak.
The 2015 Chardonnay Generations gives up fresh grapefruit, green mango, cedar and lemon tart notes with hints of fresh ginger, nutmeg and baking bread. The palate is quite oak driven, with medium to full body and just enough freshness to lift the concentrated, decadent flavors, finishing on a toasty note.
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.
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.
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.