Robert Parker on Raymond Vineyards
This is a rare opportunity to secure a perfectly mature Cabernet from “iconic” Raymond. But blink, and you’ll miss it.
Just like Bordeaux’s most famous châteaux, Napa’s top estates hold back a small portion of their stock in the best vintages, to be re-released when they’re reaching their peak. Since these ‘library’ wines never leave the cellar, they have perfect provenance.
“Library wines are perfect for both collector and gift-giver.” – Wine Enthusiast
We recently tasted through dozens of great old vintages with Raymond’s owner, Jean-Charles Boisset, and one really stood out: the 1990. At 27 years old, it showcases all that’s great about classic Napa Cabernet from this era – beautiful balance, a highly aromatic nose and a beguiling combination of fresh fruit and baking spices. “A very complete, elegant, and debonair mature wine,” remarked our local Napa expert, Clare Tooley, after tasting it. In fact, it’s a dead-ringer for top-end, mature Bordeaux.
And the really good news? While a 25-plus-year-old Bordeaux of this quality will cost you hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars, our friendship with Raymond gets you this stunning 1990 Napa Cabernet for a far friendlier price.
Very few cases exist – first come, first served.
Serving tip: With perfectly mature wines like this, we encourage you to uncork with extra care. Cork is a natural product, and over time can become very delicate. (If the cork should happen to break in the bottle, don’t fret. Simply insert your corkscrew into the remaining piece and try again. No luck? Push the remaining cork piece into the bottle and decant the wine into a pitcher or jug.)
Speaking of decanting, we highly recommend you do so before serving. This will help remove any sediment that has naturally developed over time – very common (and harmless) in wines of this age.