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Martin Ray Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2010

Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
  • WE 90
  • W&S 90
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Winemaker Notes

Our Chardonnay is pressed in small lots with whole clusters, then mostly native yeast is used in the fermentation process with very little malolactic in order to retain brightness. The wine is 100% barrel fermented for seven months in French oak; 15% new oak, 85% 1–4 year old barrels. Aging in French oak barrels "on the lees" develops rounder, creamier texture in the wine. A nice jewel-like nose with inviting aromas of fresh juicy pear and spice notes. Rich flavors of... View More

Critical Acclaim

WE 90
Wine Enthusiast

So good for this price. Rich and creamy and ripe in tropical fruit, green apple and pear flavors, with the perfect touch of buttered toast from oak, and all that balanced and brightened with crisp acidity. Just what you want in a California Chardonnay.

W&S 90
Wine & Spirits

This citrusy chardonnay carries a lot of tension in its grapefruit flavors, finishing on sweet freshness. It's tight and clean, ready for crab.

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Martin Ray, , California
Martin Ray
Courtney Benham acquired the historic Martini & Prati winery in July 2003, which is now Martin Ray Winery and the home of their new Tasting Room. The Tasting Room structure, dating back to the 1900's, used to serve as a stable and bunkhouse where Italian immigrants stayed during harvest and crush. The winery also houses a 1 million gallon production facility that is used not only for wine production, but also as a 'custom crush'... View More