Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Tasting Notes: Raymond Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, CA, 2007

Initial review, by way of background: This is Raymond Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, CA, 2007, finished at 14.5% alcohol.  This one is stamped as barrel "520" (although, I believe that - even as a reviewer - I will draw a line at trying all other 519 barrels!!)

In the glass: Raymond Reserve Cabernet shows as deep, black magenta, purple highlights at the edge becoming opaque within a half inch.  

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, this classic Napa cab shows sweet, full, dark and alcohol-lifted black currant, with elements of eucalyptus and oak. 

On the palate: The first elements on the palate are a notable oak veneer around solid core of black fruit.  A warmth does bleed through, carrying ripe, dry blackberry, a bit of an acid lift, and tannins surrounding the whole.   

In summary:  I would come back to this again.  It may also productively add further weight and complexity in the bottle.

Following very long decant, two days kept cool in only-slightly-filled bottle without vacuum:  The aromas remain sweet, full and rich.  The palate adds welcome red fruit and sweetness.  This is a definite plus because of the improvement with time.  I wonder if a few more years in bottle might have a similar and beneficial effect?

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