2015 Martin Ray Synthesis
Our Synthesis Cabernet Sauvignon is the ideal culmination of our favorite vineyards throughout the Napa Valley. Drawing from the bright red, earthiness of our Rutherford vineyards, as well as the tannic and acid driven fruit from Oak Knoll and Stags Leap, along with the plush characteristics from Coombsville, this wine is the perfect marriage of the contrasting styles. Synthesis, in essence, flaunts the finest characteristics from each of its diverse origins.
The culmination of factors from another drought year in California surprised us with another wonderful vintage. An unseasonably dry and warm winter, which led to an early spring, forced the vines into bud break during peak frost season. However, the spring weather stayed mild during fruit set and led into a relatively warm summer which hastened ripening to unprecedented early harvest dates. Although the crop, overall, was lighter (and much, much earlier), than we've seen in several years, the outstanding quality of the fruit and resulting wines cannot be understated.
Our Synthesis is, quite literally, the best of the best. We hand-picked the best of the barrel lots from our favorite vineyards to make this expressive wine. We fermented the grapes in small 5 ton open top fermentation tanks for two weeks with pumpovers for cap management, then aged it for eighteen months in 60% new French oak barrels and 5% new American oak.
True to its origins, Synthesis has a complex bouquet of allspice and pine with bold red and purple fruits along the lines of Kirsch, black currant, and elderberry. The Bordeaux blenders add a complementary hint of graphite and cocoa dust. The Synthesis Cabernet Sauvignon blend is a beautiful compromise between the softer, more earthy profile of Rutherford and sinewy tannins that come from Stags Leap District.