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Raymond Vineyards Reviews

Score: SILVER | October 11, 2021 | San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo International Wine Competition
Score: 89 | July 31, 2021 | Wine Spectator

Well-knit flavors of apple pastry, dried peach and glazed apricot show notes of butterscotch, followed by a juicy and well-spiced finished. Drink now. -KM

Score: 94 | June 30, 2021 | Wine Spectator

This has lots of steeped plum, warm cassis and mulled blackberry flavors that knit together while flashes of anise, sassafras and black tea swirl around. There's a great mineral underpinning on the finish, while the fruit keeps the upper hands. Best from 2022 through 2036. -JM

Score: 92 | June 30, 2021 | Wine Spectator

A light Sanguine hint leads off, quickly followed by ripe and dense raspberry and blackberry compote flavors. Subtle alder and sweet bay leaf notes dart in, ending with a red tea accent on the finish. Drink now through 2029. -JM

Score: 89 | June 30, 2021 | Wine Spectator

Ripe and slightly languid in style, with gently mulled red and black currant fruit, mixed with fruitcake and a hint of sassafras. Firms up a touch on the finish to keep it honest. Drink now through 2023. -JM

Score: 91 | June 30, 2021 | Wine Spectator

Ripe and welcoming, with waves of red currant preserves and plum sauce rolling through, wrapped with red licorice and infused with a fruitcake note on the finish. Features a lightly toasty frame that lets the fruit hold center stage. Drink now through 2026. -JM

Score: 92 | June 30, 2021 | Wine Spectator

A nice, sleek, focused version, with a pure beam of cassis and cherry reduction flavors, flanked by sweet toast, anise and a flash of singed bay leaf. Subtle tugs of mineral and earth through the finish augment the fruit nicely. Drink now through 2030. -JM

Score: 92 | June 30, 2021 | Wine Spectator

Gently mulled black currant and blackberry fruit mixes with dark tea, alder and sweet bay leaf notes. Shows a late tug of earth on the finish, which has good energy in reserve. Best from 2022 through 2030. -JM

Score: 92 | June 30, 2021 | Wine Spectator

Plush along the edges, but still nicely focused in feel, with cassis and plum reduction notes holding sway, while vanilla, sweet bay leaf and warm anise details fill in. Shows a late tug of warm earth on the finish. Best from 2022 through 2030. -JM

Score: 92 | June 30, 2021 | Wine Spectator

Wild sage and bay leaf accents lead off, followed by a zesty core of black currant and blackberry fruit. A light juniper edge adds further interest on the finish. Keeps a fresh feel throughout. Nicely done. Drink now through 2028. -JM

Score: 93 | June 30, 2021 | Wine Spectator

Ripe and forward in feel, with a mix of red currant and black cherry paste flavors, laced with vanilla and sweet tobacco. Streaks of iron and loam give the finish a solid grounding. Best from 2020 through 2032. -JM

Score: 93 | June 30, 2021 | Wine Spectator

A singed juniper hint leads off, followed quickly by a lush wave of dark fig, boysenberry and blackberry compote flavors. Alluring black tea and wood spice accents swirl in on the finish. Shows lots of mountain-style grip, but this is fine-grained and has fruit to burn. Best from 2022 through 2032 -JM

Score: 90 | May 1, 2021 | Wine Enthusiast

This aged, small-production wine blends 75% Cabernet Sauvignon with 21% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc. Together, they offer waxy cherry and plum notes within a reductive environment of herbes de Provence, tar, and iron. The weight of the wine is thick and concentrated. -Virginie Boone

Score: 90 | April 1, 2021 | Wine Enthusiast

Thick, concentrated waves of dark brooding fruit rise from this warm-climate wine, the tannins sweet and lengthy. Toasted oak adds additional texture and a lasting note of vanilla. -Virginie Boone

Score: DOUBLE GOLD | March 8, 2021 | San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Score: SILVER | March 8, 2021 | San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Score: SILVER | March 8, 2021 | San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Score: GOLD | March 8, 2021 | San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Score: GOLD | March 8, 2021 | San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Score: 90 | February 26, 2021 | Wine Advocate

The 2018 Red Blend Reserve is composed of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot, 9% Malbec, 9% Petite Sirah and 3% Cabernet Franc coming from eight different vineyards (over half of which are in Rutherford). Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it rolls out of the glass with expressive scents of plum preserves, blackcurrant jelly and mulberries, plus hints of tobacco leaf, charcoal and cinnamon stick. The full-bodied palate has a sturdy frame of grainy tannins and bold freshness supporting the generous black fruit preserves flavors, finishing on a savory note. -Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Score: 90 | February 26, 2021 | Wine Advocate

The 2018 Merlot Reserve Napa Valley is a blend of 89% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc, coming from seven different vineyards across Napa Valley. Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, it sings of blueberry compote, black cherry preserves and black raspberries with suggestions of menthol, spice cake and pencil lead. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is seductively plush and juicy and layered with plenty of freshness, finishing with a spicy kick. -Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Score: 97 | February 26, 2021 | Wine Advocate

Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon coming from four different vineyards in St. Helena and Rutherford, the deep garnet-purple colored 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Generations comes wafting out of the glass with the most gorgeous perfume of kirsch, blackcurrant cordial, blackberry preserves and spice cake, followed by notes of potpourri, oolong tea and unsmoked cigars. The full-bodied, decadently fruited palate delivers loads of savory accents among the juicy black and red fruit layers, supported by velvety tannins and bags of freshness, finishing long and fragrant. 1,718 cases were made. -Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Score: 94 | February 26, 2021 | Wine Advocate

A blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Malbec, 9% Petit Verdot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 3% Merlot, the 2018 1 1/2 Acre Red is made from organic and biodynamically grown estate fruit. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it prances out of the glass with gregarious notions of kirsch, warm blackcurrants, red and black plums and rose oil, plus hints of chocolate box, cloves and unsmoked cigars. Full-bodied, rich and opulent, it has a gorgeous velvety texture and just enough freshness supporting the flamboyant fruit, finishing long and perfumed. Just 56 cases were made. -Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Score: 91 | October 30, 2020 | Wine Advocate

In February 2019, winemaker Stephanie Putnam and proprietor Jean-Charles Boisset hosted the ninth annual blending session with 13 sommeliers to create this on-premise only offering. It is a blend of 53% Lake County, 30% Napa County and 17% Sonoma County fruit. Medium garnet-purple in color, it leaps from the glass with vibrant red and black currant scents, followed by hints of dark chocolate-covered cherries, raspberry coulis, bouquet garni and pencil shavings with a waft of rose hip tea. The medium to full-bodied palate is soft, juicy and refreshing, adding loads of savory sparks to the suggestions on the nose, finishing long and mineral laced. It is a very different, accessible, savory-led expression of Northern California Cabernet and I love it! -Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Score: Gold, 95 Points | April 6, 2018 | California State Fair

Best of Class Of Varietal

Score: Gold | January 30, 2018 | American Fine Wine Competition
Score: Gold | January 28, 2016 | American Fine Wine Competition
Score: Gold | January 28, 2016 | American Fine Wine Competition
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