Thursday, August 28, 2008

***+ $$ Raymond Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 2005, Napa CA - Review and Rating

Review: The Raymond Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 2005, is deep burgundy in the glass, almost opaque. It is composed of a blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot.

Aromas are solid, mid-depth cabernet fruit - not shy, but not pumping either.

On the palate, an inky purple presence dominates. Good balance, depth - just a bit of alcohol heat. A lingering finish. Three stars out of five for sure, with a plus for balanced intensity.

It turns out this is the same rating I awarded the 2003 Raymond Reserve, but less than the four stars I gave the 2002 vintage, which I noted had a more "chocolatey" edge.

Wine Enthusiast awarded a generous 93 points, saying, "Other wineries come and go. Raymond remains, offering solid Napa Valley Cab at a fair price. The '05 Reserve calls to mind the very fine 2000, but actually costs less. It's a dry, elegantly structured wine, rich in sweet fine tannins, and offering up complex, delicious flavors of freshly picked ripe blackberries, spicy cassis, baked cherry pie and smoky oak."

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