Review: 2021 Raeburn Cabernet Sauvignon

Review: 2021 Raeburn Cabernet Sauvignon

Raeburn Winery is nestled in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley, where it’s making a habit of delivering affordable wines at a level of quality above suggested price points. The vineyard’s inaugural Cabernet Sauvignon is no exception to firmly established trends.

Constructed from 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9.5% Petite Verdot, and 9.5% Syrah and aged 12 months in French oak, the wine opens up with a bright, lively wave of blackberry, currant, and dark cherry before a subtle touch of vanilla brings matters down a notch with time. The dark fruit remains firmly on the palate but receives accompaniment from notes of cocoa and mild oak which complement that never cause a distraction or elicit surprise. The tannins are lush and refined, adding to a lingering finish and displaying depth and complexity, revealing additional layers of roasted plum and dark chocolate before all is said and done.

It is a wine that certainly may be enjoyed now, but there is strong potential and no harm whatsoever in aging for a few years. Whatever your timetable, it’s a solid choice for both casual sipping and higher-end occasions.

A- / $25 /

2021 Raeburn Cabernet Sauvignon




Rob Theakston is a contributing editor to Drinkhacker.

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