2016 Martin Ray Santa Cruz Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Always a stark contrast to our Napa Cabernets, this wine’s depth and boisterousness is its most notable strength.
Beauregard Ranch, Fellom Ranch
Both producing small, compact clusters, each site produces fruit that is intense and concentrated. High elevation, coupled with evening fog and the ever-present marine influence makes for ideal growing conditions.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Ideal conditions from beginning to end, offering ideal results throughout. Foggy and cool mornings with minimal heat spikes.
Fermented in small 4-6 ton open top fermenters, with thrice daily pump overs for cap management. Upon finishing fermentation the wine is allowed to rest on its skins for up to a month. Aged in 55% new French oak for 16 months.
Ripe plum, mulberry and notes of cedar, with deep notes of cassis and chicory. A definitive herbaceous tone with notes of marjoram and anise seed. Bright acidity and graphite-like minerality with firm, silky tannins.