Martin Ray Sonoma Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
After being hand-harvested, the grapes follow the meticulous winemaking techniques perfected by Martin Ray over sixty years ago. The grapes are gently crushed and fermented in open-top tanks for two weeks, creating rich structure in the wine. Minimal sulfur dioxide usage preserves fruit intensity and enhances the rich, round tannins. Aged for thirty-six months in French oak barrels—35 percent new oak barrels and 65 percent in 1–4 year old barrels—intensifies the complexity and character of the wine. Although labor... View More
A very fine 100% Cab. Shows lush flavors of blackberry tart, cherry pie, milk chocolate and sweet, smoky oak with a long, spicy finish. Best in the narrow window of 2010-2012.
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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'... View More