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Date Printed: 4/27/2015
Raymond R Collection Merlot 2005
Raymond R Collection Merlot 2005
(search item no. 94301)

PRICE ON 4/27/2015: $13.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This is a fruit-forward, well-structured Merlot that opens with aromas of cherry, raspberry, red plum, black pepper, spice, earth, smoke and vanilla. It fills the mouth with smooth cherry, rhubarb, raspberry and plum flavors along with hints of earth and spice in the toasty vanilla finish. Full-bodied, yet approachable, with a good balance of acid and tannins.

The fruit and balance of this Merlot make it a perfect companion for food. Pair with grilled pork chops, steaks, burgers, salmon, ribs or sausages. A wonderful choice with hearty soups, chili and stews, as well as rich pasta dishes such as four cheese lasagna or spicy beef and chicken fajitas.

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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.