Martin Ray Winery

7078232404 2191 Laguna Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
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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. – Description from mriskic

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  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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  • Martin Ray Vineyards & Winery Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2014

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    Rich, deep black cherry aromas that deliver incredible depth of fruit and are only slightly tempered by floral spice. In the mouth, this is decorated with black cherry and red currant notes, a touch of medicine, and baking spice leading up to the oak and smoky wood spice on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Martin Ray Vineyards & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County 2014

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    Intriguing ripe berry aromas with wood spice and a flinty salinity on the nose alongside dark black cherry notes. This is expansive and quite fruity on entry with red fruit notes of ripe cherry, raspberry and a touch of medicine, soft structure and a finish of blueberry and delicate spice. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Martin Ray Vineyards & Winery Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2015

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    Warm, thick fruit forward aromas of baked apple, pear and vanilla caramel with some lemon hiding against the spice. This is a bit thin in the mouth but bursting with acidity, candied lemon drop notes towards the front of the palate, cream and butter towards the back and a warm stone fruit blend of peach and dried apricot welling up at the finish. Read More

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  • Martin Ray Vineyards & Winery Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley 2015

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    Grassy notes of golden berries, lemon zest and peach on the nose. Delicate on entry, this develops a tart acidity through the mid-palate and shows more lemon zest, white peach and blossom notes with a green note of beeswax and cut lawn towards the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Martin Ray Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    Very attractive plum color in the glass. Very fruity aromas. Lots of black currant on the tongue. Then, some pretty stiff tannins appear. This gives the scratchiness that suggests tobacco. A big, full-bodied wine. I had a bit of this leftover for Day 2. It seems that a day of sitting has muted this wine, a bit. It seems less fruity and le... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is an event filled with terrific wine and food from Sonoma County -- for a cause. Over two hundred wineries and sixty local chefs come together to raise funds for local non-profits in the environment, health, and literacy fields. Top chefs and winemakers band together to create a gustatory tour of what Sonoma County h... Read More

    From the article Put These Sonoma Wines on Your Radar


  • August is here -- along with warm, steamy weather for most of the country. For some that means switching over to chilled cocktails or beer. What it should really mean for wine drinkers is carefully selecting wines that are well made, delicious, value driven and refreshing. The last thing anyone wants to sip in hot weather is a big, bloated and p... Read More

    From the article Value Wines for Summer


  • Lafond Pinot Noir Sta Rita Hills Lafond Vineyard Martin Ray Clone 2012

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    Blackberry and currant fruit aromas with notes of licorice and a hint of cranberry. A touch herbal on the palate with notes of cranberry, herbal and chewy with very tart and astringent red fruit notes. Somewhat medium bodied with a finish that has some toast. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Martin Ray Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by Dave Mooty


  • Rosé would like you to know she's no longer that sweet, pink stuff you know as “blush”. This past week, Napa Valley Register contributor Bob Ecks covered the results of March's Rose Wine Competition in Healdsburg. Along with the competition's results and the impressions of the contest's judges, Ecks included a brief history of rosés modest ascen... Read More

    From the article Competition Shows Rose Rising Through The Ranks


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