Martin Ray Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2006 harvest was an excellent vintage for Alexander Valley. After a cool, wet spring, the vintage moved along quite slowly. This longer than normal ripening period allowed the vines to produce mature, intense fruit without high sugars. Our Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon is fashioned in a fruitforward, easy to drink style, yet it reveals admirable complexity and length. This wine has a deep garnet hue and aromas of lush fruit: black cherry, cassis and vanilla. The rich black cherry and plum flavors are layered with hints of vanilla, creamy oak and cassis that linger on the palate. The finish is smooth and satisfying, with soft tannins complementing the intense fruit.

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Martin Ray Winery:
Martin Ray Winery started in Saratoga California in the WW2 era. Martin Ray was a viticulture student of Paul Masson. This location was established in 1881 as the Twin Fir Winery. This historic site is distinguished as the oldest winery in continuous operation in Sonoma County and one of the oldest wineries in California. Some of the old grape crush barns from the original days still exist. If ... Read more
Martin Ray Winery started in Saratoga California in the WW2 era. Martin Ray was a viticulture student of Paul Masson. This location was established in 1881 as the Twin Fir Winery. This historic site is distinguished as the oldest winery in continuous operation in Sonoma County and one of the oldest wineries in California. Some of the old grape crush barns from the original days still exist. If you are offered a tour of the old barns, gleefully accept the invitation. The Martin Ray Winery buildings would make a great movie locale. Check out the dozen old concrete vats. Each vat holds 33,000 gallons! Martin Ray Winery production began here in 2003. 9 varietals and some bulk wine blends are made. The reserve wines are silky smooth, loaded with flavor. Prices are very reasonable for these high quality wines. Read less

Member Reviews for Martin Ray Cabernet Sauvignon

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Snooth User: anstett
85299896
3.50 5
06/06/2010

This is a fun easy wine and I try to have a bottle or two around for when I have guests over. Those that do not traditionally like red wine can enjoy this with a meal. Good full flavor in the mouth an excellent wine with lots of different types of meals.


Snooth User: rlb4227
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2.50 5
03/06/2009

It was okay. A little too sweet for a cab, and it had an overwhelming fruit flavor. It never mellowed out, which probably would have made it a pretty darn good wine. Oh well.


Snooth User: SDWineLover13
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4.00 5
06/13/2009

This is an excellent Cab at a a good price point. Affordable and delicious this wine has aromas of dark berries, smokey, dusty kindling. This is followed by flavors of dusty black fruit and a woodiness that rounds out with perfect tannins. Worth savoring each sip. V.


Snooth User: Biggababs
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3.00 5
02/16/2009

Three glasses


External Reviews for Martin Ray Cabernet Sauvignon

External Review
Source: Sonoma Harvest Fair
11/24/2008

Sonoma Harvest Fair 2008 - Silver Medal



The 2006 harvest was an excellent vintage for Alexander Valley. After a cool, wet spring, the vintage moved along quite slowly. This longer than normal ripening period allowed the vines to produce mature, intense fruit without high sugars. Our Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon is fashioned in a fruitforward, easy to drink style, yet it reveals admirable complexity and length. This wine has a deep garnet hue and aromas of lush fruit: black cherry, cassis and vanilla. The rich black cherry and plum flavors are layered with hints of vanilla, creamy oak and cassis that linger on the palate. The finish is smooth and satisfying, with soft tannins complementing the intense fruit.

Wine Specs:

Total Acidity: 0.57 grams per liter

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