RAEN Winery

Owner(s) Carlo Mondavi, Dante Mondavi
Web site www.raenwine.com
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RAEN Winery

Wines from the Sonoma Coast by fourth generation winegrowers, Carlo and Dante Mondavi who were born and raised in the Napa Valley. They learned the wine business from grandfather Robert and father Tim. When Robert Mondavi Winery was sold in 2004, the brothers joined their father Tim, Aunt Marcia and grandfather Robert, to help found Continuum in 2005.

In 2014, Carlo and Dante founded RAEN (Research in Agriculture and Enology Naturally) winery with the goal to produce world class Pinot Noir from coastal vineyards in Sonoma County. The founders are proponents of whole cluster fermentation with Pinot Noir.

The wines are sold through a mailing list.

Reviewed Wines

2016 RAEN Royal St. Robert Cuvée Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.0% alc, $65. The most widely available bottling from this vintage and available in multiple retail outlets nationally. Dedicated to the owner’s grandfather, Robert Mondavi. Sourced from just behind Bodega Bay and consists of special lots that are the best in the cellar. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Pleasingly aromatic, with scents of dark cherry, exotic spice, fertile earth and rose petal. The nose becomes more attractive over time in the glass. Mid weight plus in style, offering flavors of dark cherry, dark cranberry, spice, burnt tobacco and an earthy tone. Sleek in texture, with modest tannins, juicy acidity and some persistence on the finish. This wine is nicely composed and forward drinking. Score: 93. Reviewed July 21, 2018 ARTICLE »

2015 RAEN Royal St. Robert Cuvée Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., 800 cases, $56. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. A complex nose offers a perfume of brambly red berries, potpourri, burnt tobacco and exotic spices. Splendid attack of cherry, strawberry and raspberry fruits in a fresh and crunchy style with oak chiming in with aplomb. This wine delights with balanced fruit tannins, a hearty and sustained finish, and an appealing elegance. Score: 95. Reviewed June 4, 2017

2015 RAEN Royal St Robert Cuvée Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., 800 cases, $60. Vinified by Carlo and Dante Mondavi of Society of Research in Agriculture & Enology Naturally. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. The nose hints at whole cluster with aromas of mulch, spice and rose augmenting the fruit aromas of red berries. Quite tasteful in a mid weight style, with flavors of blackest cherry, black raspberry, boysenberry, spice and earthiness. Well-integrated tannins and acidity make for current drinking. The wine’s intense and very long finish is most impressive. Score: 92. Reviewed January 6, 2018 ARTICLE »

2014 RAEN Freestone Occidental Bodega Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.1% alc., 150 cases, $80 (sold in 6-packs, sold out). The winegrowers are Carlo and Dante Mondavi, fourth generation vintners born and raised in Napa Valley. RAEN stands for Research in Agriculture and Enology. 80% whole cluster inclusion, 16- day maceration, wild yeast fermentation, aged 10 months in neutral French oak barrels. Bottled without fining or filtration. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Fruit never shows up on this very savory nose featuring aromas of underbrush, earthy flora and pine. Intensely fruity in a mid weight plus style plush with purple berry and plum flavors infused with a savory and slightly herbaceous thread in the background. The sandpaper tannins add textural interest and the finish has glorious intensity and length. The high percentage of whole cluster inclusion dominates the profile of the wine but without undue tannin. Unchanged the following day when tasted from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Score: 92. Reviewed June 18, 2016 ARTICLE »

2014 RAEN Home Field Fort Ross-Seaview Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., 200 cases, $80 (sold in 6-packs, sold out). Fermented with 65% whole cluster, 16-day extended maceration, indigenous yeast fermentation, and aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 0% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of dark red cherry and berry along with underbrush and sous bois evolve slowly in the glass. Very similar in all respects to the Freestone Occidental bottling, but with more fruit expression and less savory overlay. Styled as a middleweight plus offering, featuring flavors of dark red and purple fruits, this wine’s fruit really clings to the palate. The tannins are polished, and the deep red cherry finish is spectacular. When tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, the nose was more expressive and the palate was filled with joyful waves of fruit with sous bois integration. (Note: I had a second bottle of this wine at a restaurant several months later and the wine was not nearly as good so you have been warned) Score: 94. Reviewed June 18, 2016 ARTICLE »

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