Nose

The 2012 vintage of our Estate Collection Merlot opens with captivating aromas of jam, anise, black cherry and just a touch of currant.

Palate

Well-balanced on the palate, this wine showcases intricate flavors of blueberries, dark fruits and finely grained oak.

Growing Conditions

The Estate Collection is a series of limited-production wines available only at the Raymond Estate. Sourced from our finest estate vineyards and longtime vineyard partners, each wine represents our winemaking team’s commitment to crafting wines worthy of our five generation winemaking legacy in Napa Valley. The grapes for our Estate Collection Napa Valley Merlot are grown primarily on steep hillside vineyards in the southern reaches of Napa Valley with a small portion coming from our estate vineyard. The cooler climate and rocky soils of southern Napa allow the grapes to fully ripen without extreme heat and result in a rich and texturally complex Merlot.

Winemaking

After the grapes were hand-picked and sorted, the wine spent an average of 20 days on the skins.

Aging

Aged for 20 months in 35% new French oak. The tightly grained barrels provide textural complexity, added depth, and a plush, full body.

Food Pairing

Enjoy this wine with roasted duck, flank steak, or grilled mushrooms.