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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  • Chardonnay

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

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  • Martin Ray Winery Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley 2013


    Not bad, not great sauv blanc from russian river. Not a lot going on but there is a touch of creamy lemon and some decent acidity. This is more on the lemon side of flavors, not any of the NZ grapefruit. Overall, decent for the price, would probably buy again for a summer deck or mid-week quaff. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Hey everyone, what are some of your favorite 'everyday' or M-F types of wines to accompany a regular dinner?  I personally have enjoyed the Montoya Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa, and I usually pick it up from Total Wines out here in Virginia.  This is one of those fruit-forward cabs that isn't too complex for me to appreciate, and it usually cost... Read More

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  • Martin Ray Chardonnay Carneros 2012


    Very nice Martin Ray Chardonnay from Carneros. Light and crisp with really nice acidity. Creamy lemon and green apple notes cover the mid-palate and hang on for a medium+ finish. Extremely enjoyable for the price. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Martin Ray Red 2010


    Very passable Sonoma red blend from Martin Ray. Picking up hints of cab and maybe some petite sirah but somewhat lighter in body. There's dark cherry, plum and a touch of smoke, light tannins and medium-short finish. Not bad for around $10. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Martin Ray Chardonnay Reserve Carneros 2011


    Fairly nice Carneros chardonnay. Not overly complex or layered but decent fruit overtones of green apple, pear and lemon chiffon. Not overly oaked or too buttery with decent acidity. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • I quite enjoy the Snooth Virtual Tastings.  It's been a while since I joined in the live event, because (I can't believe a retired person has this problem.) of schedule conflicts.  Even when I don't participate in the live event, I make time to view the archived recording.So, I was pleased to see that I had no conflict for the next VT--La Crema ... Read More

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  • Not only is Cabernet Sauvignon the most popular red wine, it’s also one that is best suited to gift giving. It’s a wine that everyone knows and understands. Big, rich and bold, it’s the archetype of red wines that is perfect for the cooler months that lie ahead. While Cabernet does get a bit of a bad rap as being ubiquitous, that doesn’t mean th... Read More

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  • Martin Ray Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve 2009


    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 ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Martin Ray Merlot 2009


    Nice easy drinking Napa merlot. Not over the top jammy, decent blackberries, dried blueberries and fine tannins. More on the fruit forward side without any of the musty barnyard taste some merlots can have. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Martin Ray Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain 2007


    Vanilla, herbs, leather and cassis great the nose along with a light graham cracker framing note. This smells fairly ripe but with some freshness to the fruit. That ripeness shows on the palate as well with its slightly low acid and bold flavors, though that freshness is also at play here offering up lovely ripe tannins to support the herb and e... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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