Raymond Reserve Selection Merlot Napa Valley 2020 14.5% vol.

44,63  sis. KM

Allergens

Sulphites

Alcohol content

14.50%

Capacity

0.75L

Country of production

USA

Appellation

Napa Valley AVA

Region

California, Napa Valley

Manufacturer

Raymond Vineyards

General acidity

6.4

Colour

Red

Grape varieties

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot

Raymond Vineyards, founded in 1974, is one of the Napa Valley’s pioneers and great estates. Arriving to Napa in 1933, the Raymond family became deeply connected to the valley’s winemaking origins. In 1970, they established a 90-acre estate in Rutherford that now comprises 300 acres in Rutherford, St. Helena, and Jameson Canyon. Five generations of the Raymond family created a Napa icon, with an enduring reputation for elegant wines with a beautiful balance of finesse, power, and complexity. Today, inspired by the vision of Proprietor Jean-Charles Boisset, Raymond is a dynamic destination dedicated to inspiring its guests’ passion for fine wine in an environment of exploration, creativity, and elegant whimsicality, where each in a series of diverse experiences progresses visitors into another world of discovery and exceptional wines. Further, Raymond’s Rutherford and St. Helena estate vineyards are certified organic and Biodynamic, and 100% of the winery’s power comes from renewable solar energy.

Vintage 2020

2020 kicked off with ideal growing conditions. Mild temperatures led to evenly developed clusters and an early budbreak was followed by a warm to hot summer. Low winter rains resulted in smaller berries with concentrated flavors. Harvest started in early August and all things pointed to normal yields and exceptional fruit quality.

Winemaking

The grapes for this 2020 Napa Valley Reserve Merlot were harvested between September 17 and October 8 from ten vineyards across Napa Valley from Oak Knoll to Calistoga. Fruit from these varying locations add texture to the wine, as well as a richness and brightness. The grapes went through extended maceration before aging for 19 months in 19% new French oak, primarily Demptos, Saury and Ermitage barrels, before being bottled unfiltered on July 21, 2022.

Tasting notes

This wine is a dark ruby red in color and features aromas of black cherry, chocolate, and mint. On the palate, this wine is velvety and soft in texture with flavors of plum, blackberry and ripe dark cherries. A hint of cocoa powder and vanilla, with a touch of cedar, highlight the juicy tannins and plush finish of this luxurious Merlot.

Allergens

Sulphites

Alcohol content

14.50%

Capacity

0.75L

Country of production

USA

Appellation

Napa Valley AVA

Region

California, Napa Valley

Manufacturer

Raymond Vineyards

General acidity

6.4

Colour

Red

Grape varieties

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot