A superb wine, showing real Oakville character. It’s bone dry, rich and complex in tannin structure, with wonderfully ripe
blackberry and cassis flavors. Yet there’s a minerality that anchors the wine, and the finish is long, smooth and spicy. Just delicious now, and should hold over the next six years.
Raymond 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon (Oakville); $60. Very rich and ripe. Earns its high score for the interesting, complex presentation, like a high-production play, with classic blackberry, cassis and new oak flavors, wrapped into refined tannins. Dramatic and impressive, but not an ager, so drink up. —S.H.
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Marked by herb and dill, the core dark berry flavors are dry and chewy, with a crushed rock minerality woven throughout. Drink now through 2024. 178 cases made.
American Fine Wine Competition