Raymond Vineyard and Cellar Reserve Selection Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, California 

My Rating 89 Points.   

Price $32. 

This week, my Friday’s Cabernet fix is from Napa Valley.

Dark ruby in color with a purplish/reddish rim.

On the nose blueberries, plums, strawberries, wood, licorice, earth, eaucaliptus, metals, peppercorn, chocolates, tobacco, herbs and spices.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Tart on the attack and dry on the palate with plums, cherries, strawberries, raspberries, oak, bell pepper, vanilla, licorice, earth, chocolates, tobacco, bitter herbs, spices and black pepper.

Nice finish with firm tannins and tangy cranberries.

This Napa Cabernet is still young. Drinkable now, but harsh with big tannins. A little off balance with green, bitter notes, but it has nice complexity and interesting acidity.

Does not have the Napa Cabernet character, more subdued, even though this 2012 was a great vintage. Feels like a Sonoma Cabernet more than a Napa one.

Needed 2 hours in a decanter to open up properly.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

48 hour update. Still drinking nicely with less of a bite and softer tannins. 


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