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Martin Ray Pinot Noir 2010

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<strong>"Great wine lights a fire in the soul."</strong> - <em>Martin Ray</em><br/><br/> About This Wine: <strong>Winemaker's Notes:</strong> Our goal is to allow the wine to develop its own depth and distinctive characteristics. Three days “cold-soaked”, gentle punch-downs, fermented at cool temperatures with native yeasts and eight months of aging in French oak barrels develops a rounder, creamier texture in the wine. The 2010 Santa Barbara County Pinot noir has a balanced, ripe aroma profile of juicy, cranberry-raspberry fruit highlighted by a touch of earthiness. The soft, textured palate of inviting bright cherry is layered with flavors of rhubarb, smoke, forest floor and spice. This Pinot has excellent structure and a full finish.<br/><br/> <strong>The Vineyards:</strong> The grapes for our Martin Ray 2010 Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir are grown in the Loma Verde Vineyard in the Los Alamos Valley appellation. This east-west running valley opens up to the Pacific Ocean, allowing the inland flow of fog and ocean breezes, making this region one of the coolest viticultural areas in California, with a long, steady growing season. Pinot Noir grapes from this region have intense berry flavors and rich colors due to the many microclimates of the valley.<br/><br/> <strong>Vintage Notes:</strong> The 2010 harvest was one of the strangest growing seasons on record. This long, slow, cold season had us about 3-4 weeks behind schedule and a small window of time to bring in all the fruit. Although the season has been bizarre, this will be the harvest of “super berries”. Due to moderate ripening at cool temperatures, the grapes have retained good levels of acid so we have very balanced fruit that has achieved ripeness at lower brix. Therefore, we have lower yields of fruit, with lower alcohol and sugar levels, great color and amazing flavors.<br/><br/> <strong>Food Wine Pairing:</strong> Try this Pinot Noir with poached salmon in cream sauce, pork with mushrooms or roasted Cornish game hen.<br/><br/> About Martin Family Vineyards: Courtney Benham acquired the historic Martini Prati winery in July 2003, which is now Martin Ray Winery and the home of our 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.<br/><br/> Established in 1881 as the Twin Fir Winery, the historic site is distinguished as the oldest winery in continuous operation in Sonoma County and one of the oldest wineries in California. The winery was able to stay in operation during prohibition by selling sacramental wines by train to Rabbis through a winery in New York. Originally known as Martini Prati, which was established in 1902, the winery was run by five generations of the Martini family.<br/><br/> Thirty 11,000 gallon old-growth redwood tanks dating back to 1904 are still used at the winery and can be viewed during our winery tour. Much of the winery storage areas have been converted to barrel rooms where we store the majority of our wine. We primarily use French oak barrels due to its superb quality and oak accents that give the wines vanilla, spice and often herbaceous aromas and flavor. We use most of our barrels for 5 to 6 years, depending upon the percentages of new, neutral and old wood we want to use on a particular wine.<br/><br/> Beginning a new era for Martin Ray Winery at this historic site in the Russian River Valley has given us the opportunity to create a home for the Martin Ray and Angeline wines in a very unique and inviting setting. With our large production facility, prime location and the traditional, antique charm of the winery we have all the elements we need to provide us with growth and success. Visit us soon to experience Martin Ray Winery first-hand!<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>Varietal:</strong> 100% Pinot Noir<br/><br/> <strong>Release Date:</strong> April 2011<br/><br/> <strong>Brix at Harvest:</strong> 24.7<br/><br/> <strong>Total Acidity:</strong> 0.55%<br/><br/> <strong>pH:</strong> 3.68<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 14.4%<br/><br/>

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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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<strong>"Great wine lights a fire in the soul."</strong> - <em>Martin Ray</em><br/><br/> About This Wine: <strong>Winemaker's Notes:</strong> Our goal is to allow the wine to develop its own depth and distinctive characteristics. Three days “cold-soaked”, gentle punch-downs, fermented at cool temperatures with native yeasts and eight months of aging in French oak barrels develops a rounder, creamier texture in the wine. The 2010 Santa Barbara County Pinot noir has a balanced, ripe aroma profile of juicy, cranberry-raspberry fruit highlighted by a touch of earthiness. The soft, textured palate of inviting bright cherry is layered with flavors of rhubarb, smoke, forest floor and spice. This Pinot has excellent structure and a full finish.<br/><br/> <strong>The Vineyards:</strong> The grapes for our Martin Ray 2010 Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir are grown in the Loma Verde Vineyard in the Los Alamos Valley appellation. This east-west running valley opens up to the Pacific Ocean, allowing the inland flow of fog and ocean breezes, making this region one of the coolest viticultural areas in California, with a long, steady growing season. Pinot Noir grapes from this region have intense berry flavors and rich colors due to the many microclimates of the valley.<br/><br/> <strong>Vintage Notes:</strong> The 2010 harvest was one of the strangest growing seasons on record. This long, slow, cold season had us about 3-4 weeks behind schedule and a small window of time to bring in all the fruit. Although the season has been bizarre, this will be the harvest of “super berries”. Due to moderate ripening at cool temperatures, the grapes have retained good levels of acid so we have very balanced fruit that has achieved ripeness at lower brix. Therefore, we have lower yields of fruit, with lower alcohol and sugar levels, great color and amazing flavors.<br/><br/> <strong>Food Wine Pairing:</strong> Try this Pinot Noir with poached salmon in cream sauce, pork with mushrooms or roasted Cornish game hen.<br/><br/> About Martin Family Vineyards: Courtney Benham acquired the historic Martini Prati winery in July 2003, which is now Martin Ray Winery and the home of our 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.<br/><br/> Established in 1881 as the Twin Fir Winery, the historic site is distinguished as the oldest winery in continuous operation in Sonoma County and one of the oldest wineries in California. The winery was able to stay in operation during prohibition by selling sacramental wines by train to Rabbis through a winery in New York. Originally known as Martini Prati, which was established in 1902, the winery was run by five generations of the Martini family.<br/><br/> Thirty 11,000 gallon old-growth redwood tanks dating back to 1904 are still used at the winery and can be viewed during our winery tour. Much of the winery storage areas have been converted to barrel rooms where we store the majority of our wine. We primarily use French oak barrels due to its superb quality and oak accents that give the wines vanilla, spice and often herbaceous aromas and flavor. We use most of our barrels for 5 to 6 years, depending upon the percentages of new, neutral and old wood we want to use on a particular wine.<br/><br/> Beginning a new era for Martin Ray Winery at this historic site in the Russian River Valley has given us the opportunity to create a home for the Martin Ray and Angeline wines in a very unique and inviting setting. With our large production facility, prime location and the traditional, antique charm of the winery we have all the elements we need to provide us with growth and success. Visit us soon to experience Martin Ray Winery first-hand!<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>Varietal:</strong> 100% Pinot Noir<br/><br/> <strong>Release Date:</strong> April 2011<br/><br/> <strong>Brix at Harvest:</strong> 24.7<br/><br/> <strong>Total Acidity:</strong> 0.55%<br/><br/> <strong>pH:</strong> 3.68<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 14.4%<br/><br/>

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