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Date Printed: 4/16/2014
Raymond R Collection Chardonnay 2009
Raymond R Collection Chardonnay 2009
(search item no. 105341)

PRICE ON 4/16/2014: $13.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The R Collection Chardonnay is sourced from the finest North and Central Coast vineyards, specifically 48% Monterey, 22% Napa, and 10% Santa Barbara, with each area adding a unique layer into the overall taste profile. Monterey adds the ripe tropical flavors, Napa provides the structure and mouthfeel, and the cooler vineyards of Santa Barbara lend the vibrant acidity.

Our 2009 R Collection Chardonnay is a beautifully crisp Chardonnay primarily fermented in stainless steel tanks, which provides a nice alternative to the heavier oaked Chardonnays. The R Collection Chardonnay opens with notes of fragrant floral perfume and ripe tropical fruit. On the palate, juicy peaches and dried apricots mingle with the bright flavors of grapefruit and the delicate essence of lemongrass. This medium-bodied Chardonnay is well balanced, with a kiss of oak rounding out the fresh acidity of the fruit, and unfolding into a smooth, long-lasting finish. Recommended pairings include Caesar salad with shrimp, soft creamy cheeses, grilled halibut or salmon, and a variety of broth-based soups with fresh French bread.

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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.