RAEN stands for Research in Agriculture and Enology Naturally and reminds us that rain becomes wine in our vineyards.
As winemakers and farmers, Carlo and Dante attribute a great deal of what they have learned to their grandfather Robert and father Tim, who both influenced them from a young age.
Carlo and Dante’s father Tim was a pioneer for California Pinot Noir in the early 1970s and has always had a tremendous regard for the great wines of Burgundy. To this day his Pinot Noirs from the 1970s are showing incredibly well. Carlo and Dante credit their father’s passion for Pinot Noir as the early inspiration that got them excited at a young age.
Dante studied abroad in Switzerland at the Webster University in Genève as well as at UC Davis in California. Carlo studied in France at the University of Aix-en-Provence and in Italy at the University of Milan.
After their formal studies were complete, Carlo and Dante continued their educational work with the winemaking team lead by their father Tim Mondavi at Robert Mondavi Winery and Opus One. When Robert Mondavi Winery was sold in 2004, the brothers joined their father Tim, aunt Marcia and grandfather Robert to found Continuum in 2005.
In 2013 Carlo and Dante founded the RAEN winery with the goal of producing world class Pinot Noir on the western hills of the Sonoma coast. RAEN currently focuses on making three Pinot Noirs, from three unique sites on the coast.
The Royal St. Robert cuvée is dedicated to our grandfather Robert Mondavi, who taught us to be committed to excellence. Our 2016 RSR cuvée comes from the true Sonoma coast behind Bodega Bay and is a marriage of special lots that we feel are the best in our cellar. This wine opens with wild strawberries, crushed bing cherries, and rose petals that fill the bowl with sweet resin, white tea, thyme, forest floor and wet rock. The texture is rich, complex and leads to a long sumptuous finish.
Notes and Reviews
James Suckling (94)
Some earthy aromas with violet-like florals and an array of ripe, red and black cherries on the nose here. The palate has an effortless flow of smoothly ripe, spicy red cherries that roll out smoothly into the long, succulent finish. Drink or hold.
The Wine Advocate (94)
Pale to medium ruby-purple coloured, the 2016 Pinot Noir Royal St. Robert struts a super savoury nose of chargrilled meats, yeast extract, wood smoke and forest floor with a core of wild strawberries, raspberry tart and cranberries plus a touch of dried Provence herbs and truffles. The medium-bodied palate reveals a chewy frame with seamless acid supporting a great core of expressive, earthy layers culminating in a long, mineral-laced finish.
|Grape Varieties||Pinot noir|
|Age of Vines||30 years old|
|Vinification||Hand picked, 80% whole bunch, fermentation with indigenous yeast and extended maceration. MLF in barrels.|
|Elevage||14 months in French oak barrels (10% new oak)|
|Soil Type||Lower rows: Well-drained Goldridge sandy loam, Steinbeck fine sandy loam. Upper parcel: Iron-rich Franciscan. South-east exposure.|