Raymond Generations Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Wine AdvocateThe outstanding 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Generations is a cross-AVA blend from St. Helena, Oakville and East Napa. There are 2,300+ cases of this blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot. Aged 18 months in 60% new French oak, it reveals a dense purple color as well as lots of licorice, blackcurrant, tobacco leaf and crème de cassis characteristics. Opulent, full-bodied, fleshy and succulent, it should drink well for 10-15 years.
Wine EnthusiastA blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Petit Verdot, this wine speaks to power, offering juicy, velvety texture around brawny components of leather, coffee and black plum. Concentrated and intense, it needs time to open in the glass before pairing with thick cuts of meat.
Wine SpectatorDusty, cedary oak casts a long shadow over this effort, yet the core dark berry and licorice flavors are intriguing and persistent on the finish. Should be on an upward ascent from here. Best from 2016 through 2025. 2,200 cases made.