RAEN Pinot Noir "Royal St. Robert Cuvée" Sonoma Coast 2022 (Sonoma Coast, California) - [JS 98] [DM 97] [VM 94] [JD 94]
RAEN Pinot Noir "Royal St. Robert Cuvée" Sonoma Coast 2022 (Sonoma Coast, California) - [JS 98] [DM 97] [VM 94] [JD 94]
RAEN Pinot Noir "Royal St. Robert Cuvée" Sonoma Coast 2022 (Sonoma Coast, California) - [JS 98] [DM 97] [VM 94] [JD 94]

RAEN Pinot Noir "Royal St. Robert Cuvée" Sonoma Coast 2022
(Sonoma Coast, California) - [JS 98] [DM 97] [VM 94] [JD 94]


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About the Winery:
RAEN Winery was founded in 2013 by Carlo & Dante Mondavi, the two sons of Tim Mondavi. After working with their father in building Continuum, they decided to go off on their own and venture out to the West Sonoma Coast to make cool climate Pinot Noir that can stand on its own on the world stage.

RAEN is a Pinot Noir domaine focused on yielding aromatic, lifted wines of finesse and elegance from what we consider to be three “grand cru” vineyards capable of sitting among the worlds finest.

About the Vineyard:
Our Royal St. Robert Cuvée is named in honor of our grandfather who, along with our father taught us the art of winegrowing and to be committed to excellence. This bottling is a selection of our finest barrels giving a window into the cool, rugged westerly hills of the true Sonoma Coast.

About the Wine:
This bottling is dedicated to our grandfather Robert, who taught and inspired us each and every day and who continues to do so on this journey. A selection of our coastal vineyard sites, this special cuvée gives us a window into the cool, rugged hills of the West Sonoma Coast.


Aromas of fresh strawberry, crushed dark cherry and black plum fill the bowl. Wild berries, coastal rock and forest floor follow, delicately coming together with ripe, silky tannins and a bright acidity, giving way to a beautifully long and persistent finish.

80% whole cluster • natively fermented • 10 acres

 

Ratings & Reviews

98 Points - James Suckling:
This is amazing on the nose with dried strawberries, sandalwood, mahogany and tea leaf. Iron and rust underneath the fruit. Dried flowers, nutmeg and rose petals. Full-bodied yet agile and energetic with layers of fine dusty tannins. Entrancing finish. Give this four or five years in the bottle, but it’s hard not to drink.

97 Points - Decanter:
Raen uses all whole clusters across the red wines. The smoky aromatics and pungent floral aromas of this wine are about the microflora of the vineyard. All native yeasts, unfiltered and unfined, with 10% new oak, crushed violets and stone, andsmoky clove aromas. Dark fruits that dance lightly across the tongue. Black tea, and pomegranate pulp are brighten by a squeeze of blood orange. The finish is lifted by white pepper and Chinese five spice. Seafield and Bodega vineyards comprise this wine dedicated to Robert Mondavi. (Tasted from bottle 15225.) Drinking Window: 2024 - 2039


94 Points - Vinous:
"The 2022 Pinot Noir Royal St. Robert is striking. Vibrant and savory, the 2022 marries notable fruit intensity with strong floral, earthy and savory top notes. Bright red-toned fruit, orange peel, cinnamon, star anise and cedar lift from the glass. Deep and dense, yet also wonderfully crystalline, the 2022 is lights out. What a wine." -AG (1/2024)

94 Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
The 2022 Pinot Noir Royal St. Robert comes from a ten-acre vineyard on the Sonoma Coast and pours a rich ruby hue. It reveals lovely, perfumed notes of framboise, mossy earth, tea leaf, and roses that lead to a medium-bodied red that’s pure and elegant all the way through, remaining pure and complex, with fine tannins and a lovely, balanced spice through the elegant finish. It’s fantastic now but will drink well over the coming 8-10 years.

Carlo and Dante Mondavi founded RAEN in the West Sonoma Coast AVA with the goal of finding California Grand Cru-equivalent sites in the Freestone-Occidental area. Melanie McIntyre is leading the way as winemaker of this Pinot Noir-focused estate. The winery is located two miles from the ocean, and their wines are vibrant expressions of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. In the vineyard, they practice no-till farming and work beyond the requirements of organics, working toward eliminating the use of all chemicals in the vineyards. The 2021 vintage introduced the first cuvée of the Chardonnay Lady Marjorie, an homage to their grandmother and intended as the counterpoint to the Royal St. Robert tribute of Pinot Noir. All of the Pinot Noir production in the cellar sees 100% whole clusters going into fermentation, unless there are any issues with mold or further selection is needed.

 

The 2021 Vintage received 95 Points, Rank #4 Top 100 of 2023 - Wine Spectator:
"Beautifully defined, with pinpoint damson plum, mulberry and blood orange notes stretched out over a frame of rooibos tea and savory accents. Mouthwatering through the lengthy, unadorned finish, which relies on tension and purity. Drink now through 2032."