Simple Sips Episode: Raymond Wines

Simple Sips is an exclusive video series from Wine ConneXtion created to provide a virtual tasting experience of product carried in our store. This second episode covers the wines of Napa Valley, California, where we enjoy Raymond Wines with guest host “The Count of Buena Vista.” All products covered in our virtual tasting are available in our store for pickup during normal business hours.


Origins and Today

The Raymond family arrived in Napa Valley in 1933 and became connected to the Beringer family via marriage in 1936. Roy worked as winemaker for Beringer from 1933-1970, when in 1970, he and his two sons set out on their own with the 90-acre estate property in Rutherford where the winery is located. They released their first commercial wine under the Raymond Vineyards label in 1974 and never looked back. Like all great American family stories, the Raymonds put hard work and a pioneering spirit into their winery. Their dedication has helped make Raymond Vineyards a classic Napa Valley icon. Today that family tree is entwined with Burgundy’s esteemed Boisset Collection. Jean-Charles Boisset has a history of elevating wineries to new heights, and Raymond Vineyards is no exception.

Wine List for Tasting


1. R Collection Field Blend Red, Regularly $12.99 – On Special for $9.99

Winemaker’s Notes. R. Collection offers California wines that deliver exceptional value and great quality wines for everyday enjoyment. The Lot 5 Field Blend, named after the fifth generation, is a unique wine made from five core varietals including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel.

Nose. This medium-to-full bodied wine displays aromas of cherry, anise, and a touch of white pepper .

Palate. Luscious flavors of strawberry and tangy raspberry. Exceptional balance and a velvety textured culminate with a lengthy, satisfying finish.



2. R Collection Cabernet Sauvignon, Regularly $12.99 – On Special for $9.99

Winemaker’s Notes. The R Collection Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from the finest vineyards throughout California, with each area adding a unique layer into the overall taste profile. Minimally intrusive winemaking techniques allow the true California terroir to shine through in every glass poured and bottle enjoyed.

Nose. Our R Collection Cabernet Sauvignon opens with striking aromas of bright red fruits and cloves complimented with subtle notes of blueberry and white pepper.

Palate. Flavors of rhubarb, plum, and raspberry are highlighted with a touch of vanilla and cocoa on the finish. Beautifully balanced, the 2013 R Collection Cabernet Sauvignon displays well-integrated tannins and pairs perfectly with pork tenderloin or filet mignon.


3. Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, $34.99

Winemaker’s Notes. The wine spent an average of 25 days on skins, then was aged for 18 months in 30% new French oak (mostly Demptos, Saury, Seguin Moreau, Nadalie). The balance was aged in once and twice-used French oak. The final blend includes small amounts of Petit Verdot and Petite Sirah for added depth and complexity. The wine was bottled unfiltered contributing greater texture and presence to the mid palate.

Nose. Our 2012 Reserve Selection Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon opens with tantalizing aromas of plum, cedar, dust, and earth.

Palate. Dark chocolate and blackberry flavors envelop the palate and are supported by bright acidity, integrated tannins, and a satisfyingly long finish.


4. Napa Valley Reserve Chardonnay, $17.99

Winemaker’s Notes. Using no malolactic fermentation, moderate oak influence and sur lie aging, our Napa Valley Reserve Chardonnay is made in a style that focuses on the inherent qualities of this varietal. The wine was aged sur lie for 10 months, with periodic lees stirring, in 100% French oak barrels, 17% new.

Nose. Our Reserve Selection Napa Valley Chardonnay opens with delightfully fragrant aromas of pear and guava fruit that are accentuated by aromatic notes of apple, honeysuckle and a touch of toasted oak.

Palate. This beautifully balanced wine coats the palate with flavors of melon, lemon and ripe pear before culminating in a long, enjoyable finish.


Wine descriptions taken from the winemaker on
Photo credits: Raymond Vineyards, and The Boisset Collection,