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Martin Ray Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2021

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750ML / 14.1% ABV
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750ML / 14.1% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Bright Bing cherry, raspberry gastrique, and underripe plum with hints of spice layered over earthy mushroom. Vivid red fruit carries throughout with touches of clove and citrus zest. Fresh acidity throughout, with structured yet plush tannins on the finish.

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JS 93
James Suckling
A typical Sonoma Coast Pinot with a tightness and brightness with dark cherry and ripe strawberry. Medium to full body. Compacted palate and a firm finish. Needs time to open. Better in a year or two.
WW 91
Wilfred Wong of
COMMENTARY: The 2021 Martin Ray Vineyards & Winery Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is substantive, layered, and smooth on the palate. TASTING NOTES: This wine shows aromas and flavors of sandalwood, dried spices, red and black fruits that stay bright through the wine's finish. (Best Served: Tasted: November 16, 2022, San Francisco, CA)
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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' facility where over 20 clients crush their grapes and produce their wine.

Established in 1881 as the Twin Fir Winery, the historic site is distinguished as the oldest winery in continuous operation in Sonoma County and one of the oldest wineries in California. The winery was able to stay in operation during prohibition by selling sacramental wines by train to Rabbis through a winery in New York. Originally known as Martini & Prati, which was established in 1902, the winery was run by five generations of the Martini family and associated with the local Italian-American community that still includes the Sebastiani's, the Foppiano's, the Pedroncelli's and the Seghesio's.

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The Sonoma Coast AVA is large in area but, not counting overlapping regions like Russian River Valley, only has a few thousand acres of grapevines—and it’s no wonder. Much of the region is rugged and not easily accessible. Its proximity to the Pacific Ocean’s fog and cool breezes limits the varieties that can be cultivated, but it proves to be an ideal environment for high quality Pinot Noir.

Since fog is a frequent fact of life here, as are heavy marine layers that sometimes bring rain, the best vineyards are wisely planted above the fog line, on picturesque ridges that capture enough sun to provide even ripening. That, with the overnight drop in temperature that reliably preserves acidity, results in fine expressions of Pinot Noir that often receive tremendous critic and consumer praise alike, and are often in high demand.

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