94 Points - Antonio Galloni
Raen's 2015 Royal St. Robert Cuvée is an exotically beautiful, almost overwhelming wine endowed with superb depth and intensity in all of its dimensions. A burst of ripe red and purplish-hued stone fruits rushes across the palate. Rose petal, lavender, spice, blood orange and spice overtones follow in short order...
Raen's 2015 Royal St. Robert Cuvée is an exotically beautiful, almost overwhelming wine endowed with superb depth and intensity in all of its dimensions. A burst of ripe red and purplish-hued stone fruits rushes across the palate. Rose petal, lavender, spice, blood orange and spice overtones follow in short order. Ripe and racy, but not at all heavy, the 2015 is a real head-turner. All of the depth of the year comes through, but there is also tremendous aromatic intensity and bright acids to balance things out.
Personal project of brothers Carlo and Dante Mondavi of Napa Valley, RAEN Winery specialises in Sonoma Coast single vineyard Pinot Noir. RAEN stands for Research in Agriculture and Enology Naturally, referencing the brothers’ keen appreciation for natural winemaking. Inspired by their family's four generations of winegrowing, Carlo and Dante’s goal is to create world-class Pinot Noir from the cool, coastal vineyards of Sonoma County.
"Brothers Carlo and Dante Mondavi follow their brilliant 2014s with the equally captivating 2015s. In tasting, the RAEN Pinots convey the essence of site with tremendous depth and intensity, but no excess weight. Perhaps even more importantly, these are wines of real personality and breed. Don't miss them." - Antonio Galloni
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Zalto Denk-Art Universal Glass
For full-bodied to powerful wines, which are expressive but also show minerality and smooth character. Accentuates complexity and finesse.
Ideal for: All types of Wine. Great as a small Red Wine Glass or an all round White Wine Glass. Adequate for Rosé too. Especially good for: Chardonnay, Chianti, Riesling and ‘Smaragd’ – wines from the Wachau.
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