2012 Martin Ray Santa Cruz Mtns Pinot Noir
Our Santa Cruz Mountains Reserve Pinot Noir comes from Cooper-Garrod Vineyards, growers with whom we’ve had a long and fruitful history. These are steep, organically farmed hillside vineyards that enjoy morning and evening fog from the San Francisco Bay and perfect conditions for reaching optimum ripeness while maintaining balanced acidity.
The 2012 vintage was widely acclaimed as one of the most ideal growing seasons over the last decade. Consistently moderate weather throughout the season yielded balanced chemistry in the grapes and a bountiful crop. Good fruit set in the spring resulted in heavy crops (30–50% more than the previous year), so more thinning was required in some of our vineyards. The clusters were heavy, but the berries were surprisingly small, which produced concentrated flavors and aromas.
Our Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir is aged for eleven months in French oak barrels. This oak driven Pinot Noir with the character and elegance of mountain Pinot Noir has pretty aromas of cool climate raspberry and elements of fresh pine cone.
This wine is fruit forward with a blend of pucker tart raspberries and cherry blossom, very true to its varietal, with notes of graham flour and baking spices that are distinct to its appellation. Its friendly tannins finish with a round, soft palate, making for an intriguing yet approachable wine.