2013 Martin Ray Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Our Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir comes primarily from steep hillside slopes along the northwestern edge of the county. The rugged, rocky soil is dry-farmed, allowing the grapes to develop flavor and concentration all on their own. Morning fog that often hangs on long into the day before giving way to warm direct sun, gives the vines and fruit an extended growing season to optimize its distinct terroir.
The 2013 vintage was a winemaker’s dream harvest. A mild spring with little rain and a warm summer with cool nights and no heat spikes created a perfect growing season for the grapes. Fruit quality was stellar across the board with clean, well-developed flavors and fully ripe fruit with good acids. It was one of the fastest harvests in years with overall tonnage up in most varieties.
The strength of this wine is also the biggest challenge in producing it. The robust tannins that set this wine apart have to be tamed from the start. The grapes are de-stemmed and layered into small open-top fermenters sorted by their clones, with nearly one-third of the lot placed in as whole clusters. During primary fermentation it is punched down three times daily before basket pressing, then going to barrel. This wine is allowed extra time in oak, and is stirred monthly to maximize lees contact and soften the tannins.
An outstanding example of the intricacies of the Sonoma Coast appellation, our Pinot Noir flaunts layers of maraschino cherries, sweet pomegranate and fragrant spices such as sarsaparilla, cola and savory cumin. Although the wine has a bright, candied fruit front, it is bolstered by a broad mouthfeel, and brooding depths. The extended time in barrel helps round the plush tannins and finish the wine with a subtle, lingering oak presence.
Food & Wine Pairing
Our Pinot Noir would pair well with grilled meats, swordfish or cioppino.