On our recent road trip through California Wine Country, we visited a number of new wineries recommended by fellow wine lovers. One of these stops was a recommendation from our friend, Michele ~ Raymond Burr (yes, as in Perry Mason). She discovered this place on a wine excursion to Napa/Sonoma, and we are so happy she shared it with us!
Raymond Burr is a small production, 100% estate grown vineyard located in Healdsburg. The tasting room is intimate, but has a great patio area with huge shade trees and wonderful views of the valley. For those of you who are fans of the actor, you’ll enjoy all the memorabilia throughout ~ we focused more on the wine. During our visit, Frank served us a tasting of their current releases of Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, their Bordeaux-style blend “Quartet” and my personal favorite, Cab Franc.
2010 Chardonnay ($28) - Less than 313 cases produced
Portuguese style ~ crisp citrus flavors with a well-balanced creamy finish, without being buttery. Great food wine.
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon ($38) – 91% cab, 9% Malbec
Smooth cab that is very drinkable on own, as well with a juicy steak. Berry nose, with bold cab flavors slightly mellowed by the bright fruits of the Malbec. Very tasty and excellent value (we brought some home!).
2010 Quartet ($44) – Bordeaux-style blend
Blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. Bright fruit on the front palate, grows in intensity, and has a very smooth finish. Universal food wine, and definite crowd pleaser.
2010 Cabernet Franc ($38) – 100% Cab Franc
No secret I am a fan of this varietal, and can be hard to find (good ones). I was thrilled to see it! Classic green pepper nose, light fruit forward flavors with smooth, well-balanced tannins and a hint of cinnamon on the finish. Rich layers of great flavor – this one came home, too!
The wines are not distributed, but can be ordered online for shipping. If you like big wines, it’s worth ordering on recommendation alone ~ thanks Michele for discovering and sharing this great find!