Raymond Generations Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
Deep garnet in color with rich upfront aromas of black cherry, blackberry, blueberry and boysenberry with hints of black pepper, earth and espresso followed by concentrate blackberry, red cherry, red currant, blueberry, black plum, black pepper and dark chocolate flavors. Well structured with integrated tannins and a silky smooth finish touched with luscious vanilla.
The grapes for the Generations Cabernet Sauvignon come from our estate vineyards in Rutherford and St. Helena as well as select nearby growers in St. Helena, Rutherford and Oakville. All vineyard locations are on the valley floor with gravelly alluvial fan soils, ideal for growing high quality Cabernet Sauvignon. By blending grapes from all three appellations, we are able to make a wine that represents the best of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2006 growing season was marked by mild spring and summer weather extending ripening periods by several weeks. The grapes for Generations were hand picked and sorted the first two weeks of October.
Food Pairing: This wine pairs amazingly with a juicy filet mignon or rib eye with sautéed mushrooms, grey sea salt crusted prime rib, roast duck breast with figs, braised beef short ribs, rack of lamb, wild game or Coq Au Vin.
Cellaring Potential: Generations Cabernet is delicious at release with the potential to age 15-20 years past the vintage date.
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com - "Healthy black-garnet hue. Sweet cherry scents with leather and rose petal accents. Rich, high tone fruit showcasing black cherry and plum. Well made with promising fruit, balancing tannins and fresh acidity in the finish."
Raymond Vineyard Winery
For generations, Raymond Vineyards has been an integral part of the Napa Valley, with now five generations of viticultural and winemaking expertise. Our new winemaking team captures the essence of the past while infusing the energy of the future and the vibrancy of the next generation into each and every wine. “It is important to retain the core foundation that made this brand legendary in Napa Valley, while keeping the style fresh and relevant to today’s wine drinkers” says Stephanie Putnam.
In addition to our top-notch winemakers and viticulturalists, Raymond has also tapped into a world-renowned winemaker, Phillipe Melka, to assist on our high-end Cabernets and complement the inherent strengths of the team.
As for a specific style, the team aims for the three B’s – Big, Bold, Balanced – yet with refinement and elegance. This philosophy lends itself well to the underlying principal of terroir that dates back thousands of years where the interrelationship between soil, climate, and plant are enhanced by the passion of people to convey an authentic sense of place. Our winemaking team allows the purest expression of the fruit to reign, with aromas and flavors that fill your glass and your palate with wines that are unmistakably powerful, intriguingly complex, and beautifully integrated. View all Raymond Vineyard Wines
About Napa ValleyView a map of Napa Valley wineries
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard lands were scooped up and vines were planted throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, from large conglomerates to small boutiques to cult classics. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux Blends. Whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Notable FactsWithin the Napa Valley lie smaller sub-AVAs that lend even more character specifics to the wines. Furthest south is Carneros, followed by Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford. Above those two is St.-Helena and finally, just grated an AVA, Calistoga. These areas are situated on the valley floor and are known for creating rich, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. There are a few mountain regions as well, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs. Those include Howell Mountain, Stags Leap and Mount Veeder. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from more time in the bottle to evolve and soften.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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8 ratings, 3 with reviewsNelsjustin - Denver, CO32/2/2012rick brennan - Fairfax, VA51/7/201248/30/2011Christopher Williams - Orlando, FL28/1/2011Red w/Attitude - Miami, FL51/27/2011
Well rounded, complex & full-bodied with fragrances of black cherry, sweet blackberries, herbs and roasted coffee bean; Fine grain tannins & layers of dried cranberries, blackberries, caramel, toffee & chocolate on the palate; Nice lingering finish....good to the last drop!! Drinking nicely now... hard to believe there's room for improvement!VA Wine Taster - Herndon, VA57/18/201145/20/2011Smooth, balanced tanins,I like Raymond Reserve Cab and the Generations is a bit more smooth and balanced.SteveY - Willoughby, OH41/30/2011Delicious. Big, lots of dark fruit, spice, and long finish. Really opens up after an hour of decanting. Great value.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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