TASTING NOTE: 2004 Raymond R Collection Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Napa Valley
Price: $13.99 at Harris Teeter
Sight: Dark ruby
Smell: Coffee, cherry, plum, earth
Taste: Black cherry, thyme, coffee, firm tannins
Overall: This was a handsome wine with a somewhat complex range of flavors, involving ripe fruit, vegetal spice, and a solid tannin structure. It was a wine of integrity, as it didn’t collapse at all on the second or even third day that it was open. I was surprised to find a 2004 on the shelf, because most of the other cabs in the store were well into their 2007-2009 vintages, but I think this wine took advantage of that extra time to integrate and mature. The flavors were very comfortable with each other—big personalities, but all friendly. It was full-bodied, very easy drinking, and a great wine for a burger or a steak.