Using no malolactic fermentation and moderate oak influence, the Napa Valley
Reserve Chardonnay is made in a style that focuses on the inherent qualities of this
varietal. Raymond's winemakers let the natural flavors shine through. They used a
long, slow fermentation process in stainless steel tanks to retain the fruit flavors,
then aged the wine for three months in new Allier French oak barrels, selected for
their tight grain that delicately restrains the oak flavors. This gives the wine a touch
of oak and creamy vanilla flavors without overwhelming the natural complexity of
This rich, medium-bodied Chardonnay opens with citrus, green apple, honeysuckle,
orange blossom and vanilla aromas followed by elegant, refreshing flavors of
vanilla, granny smith apple, pear and apricot. The long, smooth finish is ripe with
notes of pineapple and citrus along with hints of vanilla and almond.
A versatile, food friendly wine that will pair well with crab cakes, grilled orange and
ginger chicken, lemon pork or turkey picatta, poached halibut or mahi mahi,
steamed Dungeness crab with Meyer lemon aioli or panko coated white asparagus
and poached egg salad with citrus vinaigrette.