“Jean-Charles Boisset seems to be pulling out all the stops to create something very special with these wines.”
That’s serious praise from top critic Robert Parker for Jean-Charles, the dynamic owner of Raymond Vineyards, which is “one of the iconic wineries of Napa” (Parker again) and was named Wine Enthusiast’s 2012 American Winery of the Year. Well-deserved titles – and just a sip of this lovely Cab will prove it.
Made with premium Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from top-sited vineyards throughout the Central Coast, The Inaugural was crafted by Raymond’s Cab ace, Stephanie Putnam – former star winemaker at Far Niente (the famous Napa estate whose Cabs fetch hundreds of dollars a bottle). The previous vintage won gold at the 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, and the exciting 2015 is already following in its footsteps with another medal win in San Francisco.
Enjoy this barrel-aged Cabernet as a fine centerpiece for your next dinner party – as you pour for your guests, you can tell them this wine hails from California’s fantastic 2015 vintage. “Low yields have resulted in exceptional concentration and intensity,” writes Decanter, so although there is little wine to go around, what was made is deliciously rich. Look for a ripe core of cherry and plum, notes of white pepper and a l-o-n-g, smooth finish.
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