Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Napa Valley    California   
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Date Printed: 8/20/2014
Raymond Generations Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
Raymond Generations Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
(search item no. 87724)
The Wine News rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/20/2014: $71.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 92 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Generations Cabernet Sauvignon is the signature red wine of Raymond Vineyard & Cellar. Specially selected and fermented separately in vineyard specific lots, the wine receives 25 months of aging in 60 gallon oak barrels. The resulting wine is deep, intense, and complex from start to finish. Full bodied, it has the potential for long term aging if desired. This rich, luscious wine complements grilled filet mignon with cracked black pepper, prime rib, braised short ribs in red wine sauce, roast pork loin with dried fruit, lamb shanks or leg of lamb with garlic and rosemary.

Opening aromas of plum, violets and spice are followed by cedar, anise and cassis. On the palate, this full bodied wine brings forward concentrated black fruits of plum, blueberry and black cherry followed by cassis, chocolate, star anise, a hint of spice and a long, velvety finish touched by vanilla. This wine has exceptional structure, complexity and deep rich flavors that evolve with each sip. Generations Cabernet is known for its velvet texture that yields to a long, lingering finish.

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About Raymond Vineyard:

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.