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Date Printed: 12/19/2014
Raymond Reserve Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
Raymond Reserve Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
(search item no. 87707)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $31.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1987 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"Depend on Raymond to come out with balanced Cabs... it's dry and complex, and should age well for a decade."
- Wine Enthusiast

Aromas of blackberry, cassis, dried cherries and a hint of earth. Flavors of ripe dark cherries, boysenberry, spice and a touch of smoke. An elegant wine that is well-structured, complex and beautifully balanced. Tannins are lively enough to hold up to extended aging, but soft enough not to overwhelm the lush Rutherford and St. Helena fruit.

This wine brings out the best in steak with mushrooms or cracked black pepper, or a fine cut of prime rib. Consider it with fish or meat stews like Cioppino or Beef Burgundy. Leg of lamb, wild game and rich pasta dishes pair nicely as well. A great match for any dessert involving rich dark chocolate.

 

 

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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.