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2015 Raymond "Reserve Selection" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1349621 95 points Decanter

 High octane style but full of purpose and energy. The nose rings the varietal bell loud and clear with an impressive palate chock-full of contrasting notes of blackcurrant cordial, chocolate, earth and toffee, the finish lengthened by precisely balanced tannins. A lovely food wine.

92 points Wine Spectator

 Deep and dense, well-centered on rich dark berry, licorice, herb, dill, cedar and road tar flavors. Though firmly tannic, this also has a measure of finesse and grace. (JL)  (6/2018)

91 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve is a terrific value that should be snatched up by readers. Giving up lots of classic Cabernet cassis and currant fruit, plenty of tobacco and earth, medium to full-bodied richness, and a great mid-palate, drink this impressive, balanced, classically style Cabernet anytime over the coming decade.  (12/2017)

91 points James Suckling

 A juicy and fruity wine with brambleberry and chocolate. Some hazelnut. Medium to full body. Silky texture. Drink now or hold.  (12/2017)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve has vague cassis and earthy scents. With chewy tannins, nice texture and freshness to match the fruit, it's not bad at all. (LPB)  (10/2017)

K&L Notes

Cab is still king, especially when it can hit a reasonable price point—and at under $40, you would be hard-pressed to find one that delivers more “bang for the buck.” Like its owner, Jean-Charles Boisset, this wine is filled with life. Tons of rich, layered fruit with hints of vanilla spice, mocha, red currant and black cherry fruit coat the palate. (Clyde Beffa, K&L)

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/12/2018 | Send Email
100% Napa on the nose: heady kirsch like aromas are forward yet balanced, with something subtly savory and very true to form for the grape variety. On the palate the flavors are mouth filling, generous, and, just what you want in a $50 Napa Cab - at under $30.

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/5/2018 | Send Email
Raymond's Reserve Selection Cab has long been a staple here at K&L. It delivers those big, bold, powerful qualities that put Napa Cab on the map and does it at a price that looks like it's from 1990! I mean how many 2015 vintage, 95 point Napa Cabs can you find for under $30!? Packed with deep, lush valley floor fruit, blackcurrant, ripe plum, bittersweet chocolate and toasted oak. The texture on the palate is velvety smooth and soft (just like the wine's plush label)! There's lots of power and concentration packed into this bottle but it doesn't feel forced or manipulated. Just a bold crowd pleasing style from some great Napa Valley vineyards and plenty of wine making know how. Don't miss this one at a very sharp price!

Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/4/2018 | Send Email
It's becoming increasingly difficult to find a quality Cab from Napa under $30, especially one at the Reserve level, but Raymond has managed to make an incredible one. Napa Cab is never short of fruit, but Raymond manages to keep it restrained and elegant and brings some great freshness alongside. At one of the lowest prices in the country, this one is sure to get snatched up fast.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.