Served at 55 degrees. Popped and poured at dinner at home. Dark black cherry. Nose was closed at first, then opened to roses, cedar and some vanilla. Medium body. Soft, rounded, velvety. Good fruit. Notes of dark cherry, cassis and currants. Light finish. This wine has aged very nicely.
While I agree with many of the previous notes on this wine, in my experience, Raymond Reserve cabernet always drinks reasonably well when young, but for a wine in this price category ages exceedingly well. I do not think this wine has shown its best yet, and do not expect it to for 4-5 more years. The beautifully made 1998 is just coming into a peak in the last year or 2, and I had some '93 that was still great 2 years ago. While I prefer their Rutherford Reserve, this is always a great value wine.
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