Raymond Vineyards

A Napa Valley Icon
2022 Cabernet Sauvignon
Rutherford

2024 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 28 | Lot No. 113
Vintage: 2022

Raymond Vineyards

A Napa Valley Icon

Cabernet Sauvignon
Rutherford

10 cases produced

Highlights

  • A collaboration of 50 years in the making with a wine lineage that dates back to 1870
  • 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Raymond’s estate vineyard in Rutherford, planted by Roy Raymond in 1972
  • 19 months in Demptos and Ermitage French oak for a velvety and plush mouthfeel with fine-grained tannins
  • Powerful and structured with alluring dark fruit flavors, layered with notes of tobacco and earth

Description

Rooted in a wine legacy that dates back to 1870, the Raymond family purchased land in Rutherford in 1971 and planted their estate vineyard in 1972. In 1974, Raymond celebrated its first harvest, which saw 30 to 40 tons on the 90-acre estate, which was primarily planted to Cabernet Sauvignon. Today, we are marking 50 years of this Napa Valley icon. With a nod to the past, Raymond is positioning itself for a bold vision of the future. Crafted by vice president of winemaking Stephanie Putnam, consulting winemaker Philippe Melka and proprietor Jean-Charles Boisset, we proudly present this 2022 Cabernet Sauvignon from our Rutherford estate, the very vineyard that launched this remarkable five-decade journey.


Wine Facts

  • Single vineyard wine
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Stephanie Putnam

Winemaker, Raymond Vineyards

Winemaker, Stephanie Putnam

Stephanie Putnam is the director of winemaking at Raymond Vineyards, where she oversees all aspects of winemaking for this iconic Napa Valley winery. Before joining the Boisset Collection team, Stephanie spent eight years as winemaker at Far Niente Winery, where she contemporized their house style. Prior to that, she was part of the team at The Hess Collection Winery, where she began as a cellar worker and rapidly progressed to winemaker. Throughout her 15+ years of experience as a winemaker, over 30 of her wines have received 90+ scores from Robert Parker.

Country born: United States

Education: BS Fermentation Science, UC Davis

Years in the wine industry: 15-20 years

Honors / Awards:
Wine Spectator's Top 100 List; Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 List; The Wine News Cabernet of the Year

Winemaking Philosophy:
To craft big, bold, balanced wines that best reflect the distinct terroirs of Napa Valley.

Jean-Charles Boisset

Winemaker, Raymond Vineyards

Winemaker, Jean-Charles Boisset

Jean-Charles Boisset serves as president of Boisset Family Estates, one of the world’s leading family-owned wine companies, with wineries in Burgundy, Beaujolais, the Rhone Valley, the South of France, and expertise in French sparkling wines. Boisset’s August 2009 purchase of Raymond Vineyards expanded the company’s footprint in the New World, which already included properties in Canada and California’s Russian River Valley, making it one of the top 25 producers in the US.

Jean-Charles has been vital to the family firm’s expansion through organic growth and by building a collection of wineries that fit the family’s vision and share its values. He instituted the concept of the “viniculteur,” which redefined the company’s traditional role to encompass a closer, more active interest in all aspects of winegrowing to ensure sustainable farming practices and premium quality.

Integral to Jean-Charles’ long-term vision has always been a dedication to innovation and the environment, which is reflected in the organic and Biodynamic farming techniques that have been implemented at Boisset’s wineries, as well as alternative packaging to reduce environmental impact.

Country born: France

Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years

Philippe Melka

Winemaker, Raymond Vineyards

Winemaker, Philippe Melka

A native of Bordeaux, Philippe Melka acted on his childhood interests and earned a degree in Geology at the University of Bordeaux. A class in winemaking in his final year was a turning point, propelling him to earn a master’s degree in Agronomy and Enology.

Melka’s first job out of school was at Château Haut Brion. From there, he took a position with the Moueix Company and was sent to Dominus Estate in Yountville to study soils in 1991. Napa Valley soil proved to be a revelation for Melka.

He has been fortunate to have been trained and influenced by some of the most notable personalities in the wine business, such as Jean Delmas and Jean Philippe Masclef from Haut-Brion; Christian Moueix and Jean Claude Berrouet from Petrus; Paul Draper from Ridge; Daniel Baron from Silver Oak; and the globetrotting wine consultant Michel Rolland, with whom he continues to work with on consulting projects.

In 1994, he returned to Napa full time, and for the past 20 years, Melka has served as winemaking consultant for some of Napa’s most highly regarded properties under his company Atelier Melka, founded in 1995.

Country born: France

Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years

Winery Distribution

Raymond Vineyards is distributed in the following markets. Please contact the winery directly for the most up-to-date distribution information and to explore commercial opportunities.

Raymond Vineyards Contact: Julia Jinks

Domestic:

  • California ( RNDC )

International:

  • Canada ( Univins )
  • China ( Company 49 )
  • Hong Kong ( Watson's Wine )
  • Japan ( Asahi Beer )
  • Mexico ( ECM )
  • Sweden ( Giertz )
  • Switzerland ( Zweifel )
  • United Kingdom ( Hallgarten Druitt )
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