Raymond Reserve Merlot 2016
The Raymond family arrived in Napa Valley in 1933 and became connected to the Beringer family via marriage in 1936. Roy worked as winemaker for Beringer from 1933-1970, when in 1970, he and his two sons set out on their own with the 90-acre estate property in Rutherford where the winery is located. They released their first commercial wine under the Raymond Vineyards label in 1974 and never looked back. Today, the Raymond winery is owned by Boisset Family Estates. Jean-Charles Boisset serves as president of Boisset, one of the world’s leading family-owned wine companies, with wineries in Burgundy, Beaujolais, the Rhone Valley, the South of France, and expertise in French sparkling wines. Boisset’s August 2009 purchase of Raymond Vineyards expanded the company’s footprint in the New World, which already included properties in Canada and California’s Russian River Valley, making it one of the top twenty-five producers in the US.
|Region||California, Napa Valley|
Wine EnthusiastPackaged with a velvety suede label, the wine is equally smooth, rich and rounded, with thick baked plum and cherry flavors. Secondary highlights include clove, cedar and pencil, seasonings that help to temper and moderate the fruit.
Wine SpectatorA tensile backbone structures the densely packed dried red fruit and spice flavors. Richly savory midpalate, with suave tannins on the finish. Drink now through 2022. 2,002 cases made.