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Date Printed: 7/30/2014
Raymond Generations Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
Raymond Generations Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
(search item no. 90970)

PRICE ON 7/30/2014: $79.99

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
2002 The Wine News rating: 90 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Generations is a tribute to five generations of Raymond family winemaking in the Napa Valley. This limited production wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and the family's ultimate expression of this varietal.

Grapes for the Raymond Generations Cabernet Sauvignon were hand selected from some of the best vineyards in St. Helena and Rutherford, including Raymond's Rutherford estate vineyards. By blending grapes from these appellations they are able to make a wine that presents a full spectrum of flavors.

Rich aromas of dark plum, black cherry, chocolate, violets, dried sage, star anise, currant and vanilla caramel followed by balanced, luscious, ripe flavors of plum, blackberry, black cherry, dark chocolate, black pepper and cassis. Well structured with integrated tannins and a silky smooth vanilla and spicy oak finish.

An excellent match for filet mignon, Cabernet-braised lamb shanks, wild game such as elk or boar, London broil, filet of beef in puffed pastry, beef short ribs or rich chocolate desserts like pot de crème.

Generations Cabernet is drinking well now with the potential to age 15-20 years past the vintage date.

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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.