Raymond Sauvignon Blanc grapes come from small, secluded vineyards in the
eastern portion of the Napa Valley where daytime temperatures tend to be slightly
warmer than the main valley floor and have generally shorter growing seasons. This
area is ideal for producing crisp, clean, citrus overtoned Sauvignon Blanc fruit.
The 2006 growing season was marked by mild spring and summer weather extending
ripening periods by several weeks. As a result, Raymond's Sauvignon Blanc
grapes were picked the second week of September, highlighting a classic example
of the diverse Napa Valley growing region.
This wine's opening aromas of grapefruit, lemon, lime and orange blossoms are
followed by hints of hibiscus and lemon grass notes. Upon entry, the mouth fills
with flavors of ripe grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, lime and orange. A balanced,
medium-bodied wine with crisp, lively acidity and a pleasant, smooth finish.
Food pairings: A wonderful wine to enjoy on its own or served with sushi, raw oysters on the half
shell, grilled scallops, poached halibut or sea bass, smoked salmon, lemon grass
chicken and Quiche Lorraine. Versatile and refreshing, it also pairs with a variety
of ethnic cuisines from spicy Thai to Vietnamese or Indian curry dishes.