Tuesday, March 6, 2018

2013 Synthesis Napa Valley Cabernet Martin Ray Winery

*Sample Received*

Located in the Russian River Valley on the edge of Green Valley you will find Martin Ray Vineyards and Winery. The wine making team crafts these beautiful "wines of place" at one of the oldest continually working wineries in California. They tap the vineyards from their 12 acre estate, the mountain regions of Santa Cruz and Napa and Dry Creek Valley and the Sonoma Coast. It is at these vineyards which they carefully select the grapes that are worthy of the Martin Ray label.

The Synthesis Cabernet features the grapes of Napa. Stags Leap District, Rutherford and Diamond Mountain vineyards each with it's unique character, supplied the fruit for this bold yet elegant wine. 2013 was a great season for grape growing with many saying perfect. Yields were up on fruit along with the quality that enhanced flavor profiles. Hand picked and fermented in 5 ton open top fermentation tanks the 98% Cabernet and 2% Petit Verdot was aged 18 months in French oak barrels.

The nose is rich with cherry, blackberry, plum and blueberry fruit enhanced with a dash of baking spice giving you this warm fruit pie sensation. Allowing the wine to open in the glass this earthy, dusty, herbal kiss with hints of wildflowers. Wonderful pleasing aromatics.

The mouth exhibits juicy layers of fruit with a warm spice and toasty vanilla character. Creamy blueberry with a cherry accent followed by warm plum and blackberry. The spice is warm with a herbal toasty accent on the finish. Big tannins match the big flavor of this beauty. Well done

Swing by for a taste at 2191 Laguna Road Santa Rosa Ca. Well worth the stop, a palate pleaser.


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