2017 Martin Ray Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Sourced heavily from Coombsville and Rutherford, and blended with carefully selected pieces from some of our most revered premium Napa Valley vineyard sites, this wine exemplifies the varied and complementary styles that define each sub-appellation. The diversity among the vineyards ultimately gives us the advantage of being able to blend a wine that displays the intense aromas and flavors that are characteristic to each unique region.
Record setting rain and cooler temperatures lengthened dormancy, with first signs of budbreak mid-march. Hotter than average days in June and July brought harvest mid-August with lower than average yields across all varieties.
Our Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon was crafted using classic, labor intensive, small-lot winemaking techniques which produce in the enhanced flavors and textures that consistently characterize our wines. The contributing vineyards were cold-soaked for 4 days, then spent two weeks in open-top fermenters, where they were gently punched down by hand. Aged for 16 months in 50% new French oak barrels.
Deep notes of chocolate covered cherry, dense cassis, and touches of cacao nib. Fresh blueberry throughout, with allspice, green peppercorn, and supple integrated tannins.