Category 5 Can
RayLen’s flagship red, Category 5, is our most favored wine amongst our guests. Featuring five of our red varietals, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah and Petit Verdot, this wine packs a hurricane’s punch. It finishes with ample tannins and balanced acidity making it the perfect wine for your prime rib family dinner.
When the 2018 Category 5 was poured into the glass, our winemaker was shocked by the color. He thought he was pouring a Pinot Noir or a dark Rosé. This Category 5 vintage is a real eye opener with it's deceiving color. This lighter colored Category 5 vintage still packs the punch that its fans love.
The bouquet on the 2018 has spicy oak with vanilla and caramel notes that lead to raspberry and blackberry flavors. The tannins open up in the mid pallet and carry the flavor with every sip.
Our winemaker, Steve, opened the canned offering and tasted it side by side with the bottle. The aromas and flavors were very similar. The color was even lighter in the can and the flavor showed a fruitier and crisper style. Perhaps due to cork allowing continued aging versus a virtual seal on the can. Also, there was no metallic taste. The convenience is excellent for beaches, picnics, and poolside.
Serving Suggestions for 2018 Category 5:
Sharp crumbly cheeses, hearty pasta dishes, or juicy tender steaks