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Raymond Reserve Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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14.7% ABV
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14.7% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The deep garnet colored Cabernet opens with inviting aromas of mixed berries including blueberries, raspberries, cranberries, with layers of white pepper and cloves. On the palate, this big, bold, well-structured Cabernet has concentrated flavors of dark chocolate, tobacco and spice, with a toasty, long finish. This wine pairs well with grilled rib eye steak and baked potato, smoked duck with creamy polenta, leg of lamb, barbequed pork ribs, and hearty pasta dishes such as tortellini with creamy pesto or lasagna with meat sauce. Delicious at an early age, but will benefit from additional cellaring of 10-15 years past the vintage date.

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This is an ultradelicious Cabernet to drink now. It's rich and seductive in blackberry, raspberry, cherry, cola and cocoa flavors, wrapped into softly gentle tannins. Give it a brief decant before serving.
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Raymond Vineyard, Napa Valley, California
2008 Reserve Selection Cabernet Sauvignon
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.

Napa Valley

Cabernet Sauvignon

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The Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are so intrinsically linked that it is difficult to discuss one without thinking of the other. Although Cabernet has many important outposts throughout the wine world, nowhere else has it achieved such success (and, at the highest end, commanded such lofty prices) than in Napa. Here, it is responsible for bold, opulent, and dark-fruited wines with grippy tannins and a healthy dose of alcohol. The best examples can age for decades. Each of Napa’s smaller sub-AVAs imparts a different character to Cabernet, such as Rutherford’s famous dust or Stags Leap District's tart cherry flavors.

JCZRESERVE_2008 Item# 107945

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