2016 Martin Ray Synthesis Cabernet Sauvignon

2016 Martin Ray Synthesis Cabernet Sauvignon

93 pts | James Suckling

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The Vineyards

Our flagship Cabernet, Synthesis is blended to showcase the nuances of the Napa Valley floor and counterbalanced by the structure and tertiary notes of the mountains. Always quintessential Napa, it truly depicts the breadth of the valley and distinctness of the vintage.From the high elevations and volcanic soils of Diamond mountain, to the alluvial soils and warmer weather of Coombsville, Rutherford and Stags, this wine is the perfect marriage of the contrasting styles each vineyard offers.

Vintage Notes

Ideal conditions from beginning to end, offering ideal results throughout. Foggy and cool mornings with minimal heat spikes.

Winemaking Notes

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  for 18 months.

Tasting Notes

Bold red and purple fruits. Kirsch, mulberry, elderberry with touches of elderflower. Graphite, cocoa dust and allspice, with structured, supple tannins.