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Martin Ray Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve 2009

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Tight and a bit nutty on the nose with soft suggestions of blackcurrants and black raspberries under sweet, toasted oak spice. This is lean and focused in the mouth and while wood tannins add their mark early on the palate I can see them resolving with time leaving the slightly creamy yet clear fresh mineral edged red currant and wild raspberry fruit a little more room to grow in the mouth. Today the wine feels compressed on the back end and while there is decent length it driven by nutty, toasty wood flavors as much as fruit. Undeniably elegant though and with attractive purity. 89pts

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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

Editorial Reviews for Martin Ray Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,721
4.00 5
11/08/2013

Tight and a bit nutty on the nose with soft suggestions of blackcurrants and black raspberries under sweet, toasted oak spice. This is lean and focused in the mouth and while wood tannins add their mark early on the palate I can see them resolving with time leaving the slightly creamy yet clear fresh mineral edged red currant and wild raspberry fruit a little more room to grow in the mouth. Today the wine feels compressed on the back end and while there is decent length it driven by nutty, toasty wood flavors as much as fruit. Undeniably elegant though and with attractive purity. 89pts


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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,721
4.50 5
11/08/2013

Four and a half glasses




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