Martin Ray Merlot Napa Valley 1979

Winemaker's Notes:

Martin Ray Napa Valley Merlot has a deep garnet color highlighted by aromas of ripe cherry, plum and a soft hint of vanilla. Bright, complex flavors of fresh cherry and strawberry are nicely rounded out by rich vanilla oak. The generous flavors echo perfectly through to a deep elegant finish. Aged 20 months in French oak barrels. Food & Wine Pairing: A dish of roasted rack of lamb with rosemary or a tri-tip roast would be an excellent match with this Merlot. Technical Notes: Varietal: 88% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon Brix at Harvest: 24.0 Alcohol: 14.3% Total Acidity: 0.64% pH: 3.66

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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
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Martin Ray Napa Valley Merlot has a deep garnet color highlighted by aromas of ripe cherry, plum and a soft hint of vanilla. Bright, complex flavors of fresh cherry and strawberry are nicely rounded out by rich vanilla oak. The generous flavors echo perfectly through to a deep elegant finish. Aged 20 months in French oak barrels. Food & Wine Pairing: A dish of roasted rack of lamb with rosemary or a tri-tip roast would be an excellent match with this Merlot. Technical Notes: Varietal: 88% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon Brix at Harvest: 24.0 Alcohol: 14.3% Total Acidity: 0.64% pH: 3.66

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