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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  • Merlot

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

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  • Titus, we get these "Can anybody give me any info on this wine that I found. . . ."  Cutting to the chase, I'm not sure I can be helpful.Can you tell if "Martin Ray's" is printed on the label of that one bottle, or do you think it was signed by Martin Ray?If it is an actual signature, I'd have to believe that there are collectors--wine buffs, bo... Read More

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  • I wonder if anyone can take a guess at the value (or lack of) for these two bottles.  They were salvaged from a cellar where they've lain undisturbed for the past 80 years or so.  There were several other bottles of various wines and spirits, unfortunately, some sort of insects had consumed most of the labels and even a good portion of the corks... Read More

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  • Martin Ray "Synthesis" Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    Good complexity on the nose with dark blackberry and violet petal aromas with sweet spice and creamy notes of chocolate and black olive. Very expressive fruit palate with blackberry preserves, black currant and rich dark chocolate that carries a silky texture up front leading towards firm tannins on the finish. There's a nice acidity throughout ... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Many wineries are distinctly associated with a single appellation or growing region. Martin Ray Winery unlike most can claim to real roots in two distinct California counties, Santa Cruz and Sonoma. When you consider the fact that they also source grapes in some of Napa Valley’s most prime AVA’s the picture that comes in to focus shows a brand t... Read More

    From the article Winery Spotlight: Martin Ray


  • Being aware of price points for most of the other varietals I have always wondered why the Pinot Noirs are always priced way ahead of the other varietals.It is almost impossible to purchase a Pinot Noir at the same price point/quality as a Cabernet Sauvignon for under $20Now I live in a region where both Cabernet Sauvignon (Washington State) and... Read More

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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

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • 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


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