Made from various St. Helena vineyards, with some additions from eastern Oakville, it expresses all the beauty of Napa Valley Cab. The flavors of blackberries, black currants, chocolate, licorice and smoky cedar are absolutely delicious. Yet the wine possesses structure, not the easiest to achieve with a 100% Cabernet this rich.
Flavorful black tannins give this wine the taste of dark chocolate, the 85 percent cocoa kind. A creamy texture carries all the supple, mineral tannins, with glints of bright fruit underneath. Grown on 10-year old vines planted on rocky, alluvial soils along the Napa River, this should be at its best with a few years of age. Distribution is limited to Raymond's wine club and tasting room.