Martin Ray Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Courtney Benham 2009
This wine is crushed in small batches to open-top tanks, 3 day cold-soak, followed by a 10 day fermentation then pressed to barrels and aged for 16 months in French & American oak. Our Cabernet Sauvignon is a luxurious wine with a rich, concentrated structure. Enticing aromas and flavors of sumptuous cherries and ripe plums are accented with hints of vanilla oak and spice, which lead to a full fruit finish with moderate tannins.
Editorial Reviews for Martin Ray Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Courtney Benham
Gentle on the nose with an early meaty note, followed by a nice blend of balanced tarragon, wet clay, Middle Eastern spice, eucalyptus and spiced cherry aromas. Rather precise and focused on the palate with attractively fresh blackcurrant and black cherry fruit early on that are joined by a little wood spice and gentle earth notes on the mid palate. The finish is bright and juicy with stiff if fine grained tannins and a nice rush of wild raspberry fruit accenting red plummy fruit. There's a nice edge of tension to this wine, with fruit that is pleasantly ripe. 89pts
Nice dark, clear color. "Viney" on the nose. Pleasant hint of blackberry fruit on the tip of the tongue. Some tartness in the back of the palate, but nothing really noticeable. Slight tannic dryness, but, again, nothing big. This is definintely from Valley floor fruit. I find it to have a pleasant, lingering finish. US$9.99 at Total WIne.
Black soil nose, with menthol. Body is pretty tannic, a little bit harsh with the bitterness and heat. Medicinal finish.
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|Alcohol: 13.9%||pH: 3.77|
|Total Acidity: 0.57 grams per liter|