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Date Printed: 7/13/2014
Raymond Reserve Selection Chardonnay 2005
Raymond Reserve Selection Chardonnay 2005
(search item no. 91799)
The Wine News rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/13/2014: $15.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 85 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Using no malolactic fermentation and moderate oak influence, the Napa Valley Reserve Chardonnay is made in a style that focuses on the inherent qualities of this varietal. Raymond's winemakers let the natural flavors shine through. They used a long, slow fermentation process in stainless steel tanks to retain the fruit flavors, then aged the wine for three months in new Allier French oak barrels, selected for their tight grain that delicately restrains the oak flavors. This gives the wine a touch of oak and creamy vanilla flavors without overwhelming the natural complexity of the fruit.

This rich, medium-bodied Chardonnay opens with citrus, green apple, honeysuckle, orange blossom and vanilla aromas followed by elegant, refreshing flavors of vanilla, granny smith apple, pear and apricot. The long, smooth finish is ripe with notes of pineapple and citrus along with hints of vanilla and almond.

A versatile, food friendly wine that will pair well with crab cakes, grilled orange and ginger chicken, lemon pork or turkey picatta, poached halibut or mahi mahi, steamed Dungeness crab with Meyer lemon aioli or panko coated white asparagus and poached egg salad with citrus vinaigrette.

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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.