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Date Printed: 10/2/2014
Raymond Reserve Selection Chardonnay 1997
Raymond Reserve Selection Chardonnay 1997
(search item no. 6184)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 10/2/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

100% varietal, the Napa Valley Reserve Chardonnay has perfect balance and classic varietal character. Rich and full-bodied, the wine typically displays subtle flavors of apple, pear and tropical fruit. Fermented in stainless steel, it is placed into French oak barrels for aging. The flavorful, rich Chardonnay complements many entrees including grilled and baked salmon, roasted poultry, sautéed veal, scampi with garlic, rich & creamy pastas.
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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.