From a trio of vineyards in Rutherford, St. Helena and the eastern hillsides of Napa Valley
A trio of wine luminaries guided the winemaking: Stephanie Putnam, Philippe Melka and Jean-Charles Boisset
Velvet opulence in the glass
Raymond Vineyards has crafted Masquerade, a 2016 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The work of esteemed Raymond winemaker Stephanie Putnam, world-renowned consulting winemaker Philippe Melka and Raymond proprietor Jean-Charles Boisset, Masquerade combines the best lots of fruit from our cherished Napa Valley vineyards into a stunning expression of pure velvet opulence in a glass. This Cabernet Sauvignon showcases the purity of the fruit and influence of terroir in a big, bold and balanced style. Earthy aromas of forest floor and opulent flavors of wild blackberries and dried strawberry are complemented with complex layers of baker's chocolate and caramelized oak. Punctuated by velvety tannins and a hint of minerality, this wine harmonizes perfectly with balanced structure and complexity leading to a long, satisfying finish.
Wine is unfiltered
Winemaker, Raymond Vineyards
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
To craft big, bold, balanced wines that best reflect the distinct terroirs of Napa Valley.
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