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2017 Raymond Merlot "Reserve Selection"

Raymond 2017 Reserve Selection Merlot

Winery: Raymond

Vintage: 2017

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Reserve Selection"

Wine Category: Merlot

Grape blend: 92% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot & 3% Cabernet Sauvignon

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Napa Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $24

Cases produced: 4,053

KWG Score: 90.2 (based on 4 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (89)

Review date: February 29, 2020

Wine Review: This ruby colored Merlot opens with a black cherry and smoky oak bouquet with a hint of sage. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and approachable. The flavor profile is a gentle black plum with notes of coffee and oak. I also detected hints of cocoa powder and a dash of black pepper. The finish is dry and its acidity, fruit and gentle tannins fade away nicely. This very good Merlot is a nice bistro food wine and will be liked by many. I would pair it your favorite juicy burger. Ken

Winemaker Notes: Opening with enticing aromas of roasted coffee, vanilla bean and black cherry, this is a structured and bold Merlot. A plush entry of cocoa, dried red fruit flavors and a touch of spice lead to a savory midpalate. This wine has a good velvety texture with fine-grained tannins and a long, rich finish.

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