2018 Martin Ray Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
In an effort to produce a wine that pays honorable tribute to the esteemed Sonoma Coast AVA as well as over-deliver in quality for both the Chardonnay enthusiast and casual wine drinker alike, we source our grapes from premium sites throughout the region. Our longestablished relationships with the growers who supply our fruit ensures consistent, impeccable quality vintage after vintage. This blend includes, in large part, several of the vineyards that have shown as standouts within the vast and rugged Sonoma Coast.
From start to finish, 2018 was a very steady season, offering weather that was reminiscent of years prior to drought. Higher than average yields and excellent quality brought about a fruitful harvest beginning in late August.
The vineyards that comprise this blend were fermented separately in small open-top fermenters with gentle punch-downs. The fermentations were carefully maintained at moderate temperatures until dry, when the must was basket-pressed then pumped into barrels for completion of malolactic fermentation. Lots were aged for eleven months in new premium French oak barrels, along with more nuanced 1-2 year old barrels.
Fresh pomegranate, strawberry, ripe Bing cherry with notes of sarsaparilla. Tart cranberry carries throughout with a touch of mace and silky refined tannins.