2012
Generations

Cabernet Sauvignon
Description

Raymond Vineyards' Limited Edition Generations Series epitomizes the family's five generations of dedication to creating individually handcrafted, world-class varietal wines in the Napa Valley since 1876. 

Score: 92 -Robert Parker, 2014 / The Wine Advocate

Tasting Notes
Appearance: 

Striking dark ruby. 

Aroma: 

Graceful aromas of blackberry, raspberry, and toasted oak that are interlaced with mocha and vanilla notes. 

Palate: 

A beautiful, velvety wine that displays flavors of marionberry and anise with a dense, full palate and a long, lingering finish. 

Winemaking
Vintage Notes: 

"Classic" and "perfect" are just two accolades being bestowed upon the 2012 Napa Valley growing season and harvest. Textbook conditions saw Near-ideal spring bud break, steady flowering, even fruit set, and a lengthy stretch of warm days and cool and often foggy nights during the long summer months. Late and light rains held off until Napa Valley's treasured wine grapes found optimal ripeness, bringing exceptional quality to the crush pad and into the cellar.

The grapes for the 2012 Generations Cabernet Sauvignon are grown in some of the best vineyards and appellations in the Napa Valley. The majority come from two vineyards on the west side of St. Helena known for sandy soils that produce berries with sweet, ripe tannins. The remaining grapes were grown from a meticulously farmed knoll-top vineyard at the corner of Oakville Cross Road and Silverado Trail as well as the Cafaro vineyard in Southeast Napa, right outside of Stags Leap. By blending grapes from these renowned appellations, we are able to make a wine that truly represents the best of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and honors our five generation history of making wine in the Napa Valley.

Grapes were fermented on the skins for 26-55 days to lend complexity and depth to the wine before being racked to new, tight-grained, medium and medium-plus toast French oak barrels for 18-20 months of aging. Only our best barrels of Taransaud, Demptos, and Seguin Moreau were selected for this Cabernet Sauvignon.

Generations is a tribute to the Raymond family’s five generations of winemaking in the Napa Valley. This limited production wine is 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot, giving our Cabernet extra backbone and structure, contributing to the ultimate expression of this varietal.

Tech Notes
  • Appellation: Napa Valley
  • Alcohol: 14.5% 
  • pH: 3.70
  • TA: 5.67 g/L
  • Aging: 18-20 months in 65% new French oak
  • Case Production: 2,000 cases
  • Varietal:
    • 97% Cabernet Sauvignon
    • 3% Petit Verdot
Pairs Well With
Meats & Fish:
Juicy Grilled Steak
Fruits & Vegetables:
Grilled Portobello Slices, Asparagus
Desserts:
Intensely Dark Chocolate
$150