Raymond 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Generations, Napa Valley
Generations is a tribute to the Raymond family's five generations of winemaking in the Napa Valley. The grapes for the 2012 Generations Cabernet Sauvignon are grown in some of the best vineyards and appellations in the Napa Valley. The majority come from two vineyards on the west side of St. Helena known for sandy soils that produce berries with sweet, ripe tannins. The remaining grapes were grown from a meticulously farmed knoll-top vineyard at the corner of Oakville Cross Road and Silverado Trail as well as the Cafaro vineyard in Southeast Napa, right outside of Stags Leap. By blending grapes from these renowned appellations, we are able to make a wine that truly represents the best of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and honors our five generation history of making wine in the Napa Valley. 2012 was a near-perfect vintgae in Napa Vallaey and this Generation is 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot. Grapes were fermented on the skins for 26-55 days to lend complexity and depth to the wine before being racked to new, tight-grained, medium and medium-plus toast French oak barrels for 18-20 months of aging. Only the best barrels of Taransaud, Demptos, and Seguin Moreau were selected. Robert Parker scored this wine 92 points saying "The outstanding 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Generations...reveals a dense purple color as well as lots of licorice, blackcurrant, tobacco leaf and crème de cassis characteristics. Opulent, full-bodied, fleshy and succulent, it should drink well for 10-15 years."