Blend: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot
Aromas of dark chocolate, blackberry, black cherry and a hint of violets envelope the senses. Opening flavors of ripe blackberry, blueberry and plum are followed by cherry, cassis and chocolate. An elegant, complex, balanced wine highlighted by lush fruit and a smooth, long finish.
This wine is the perfect match for a garlic marinated prime rib, fillet mignon with a Cabernet reduction sauce, steak au poivre, braised beef short ribs, grilled portobello mushrooms with blue cheese butter or a roast rack of lamb. Also a wonderful wine to pair with dark chocolate desserts like flourless chocolate cake.
My first bottle of Raymond Reserve Cab was their 1998 release, and I have been in love with this wine ever since. I don't know if they've ever equaled their 98 vintage, but every year they consistently deliver an excellent wine! ... Always one of my favorite Cabs ... and at an excellent price considering some wines that sell for 2 to 3 times their price that don't deliver like Raymond's Reserve always does.