According to everyone – leading critic Robert Parker included – California is in the middle of a golden age with an “unprecedented and historic succession of great years, such as 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. It now appears 2016 will end up equally impressive. Talk about an ‘embarrassment of riches.’”
During 2016’s phenomenal growing season, Chardonnay ripened to perfection – and the talented team at Raymond (Wine Enthusiast’s 2012 American Winery of the Year) really made the most of it, releasing this North Coast-grown gem to, double-gold acclaim at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (the largest competition of American wines in the world).
In order to preserve all that top-vintage flavor achieved in the vineyard, they gently pressed whole clusters of grapes – a technique which gently extracts maximum flavor. You're in for enticing aromas of honeysuckle and orange blossom; the wine is fully unoaked to allow its irresistible, fruit-forward charm to shine through in the glass (look for ripe pear, apple, and lemon flavors). Then comes the creamy, vanilla-tinged finish.
Equal parts richness and refreshment, this Chardonnay will be a perfect match for juicy pork or chicken burgers.For a special night in, pair with simply roasted chickenand lemony veggies.
It’s no surprise that Raymond has produced (yet another) impressive Chardonnay – owner and proprietor Jean-Charles Boisset is also head of a major Burgundy house,home to some of the finest Chardonnay in the world. We think this gem could easily hold its own against some of its Burgundian counterparts – order today and tell us what you think!