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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
The winemaking methods used in creating this Cabernet Sauvignon are the same as those perfected by the legendary Martin Ray over sixty years ago. Although labor intensive, these traditional techniques produce distinctly enhanced flavors and texture in Martin Ray wines.
Two weeks of open-topped fermentation and hand-punch down are time-honored winemaking practices that create rich structure in the wine. Minimal SO2 usage preserves fruit intensity and enhances the rich, round tannins. Thirty months in French oak, 50 percent in new oak barrels and 50 percent in one-year-old oak barrels, intensify the complexity and character of the wine.
The Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is a tightly wound wine with a rich, concentrated structure and layers of well-integrated flavors. Enticing aromas and flavors of sumptuous cherries, black currants and ripe plums are accented by hints of vanilla oak that lead to a long, rich finish.
Pair the elegant Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon with your favorite hearty beef stew, rib roast or roast prime rib with peppercorns.
"13% Merlot. Nicely defined and fairly energetic young curranty fruit gets a nice boost in complexity from glimmers of black soil and stones in the nose, and these same elements of minerals sit just beneath cassis and carefully-matched oak in the wine's very well-focused flavors. Controlled in its ripeness and never hinting at excess, this wine succeeds by virtue of proportion rather than power, and its neatly fit spine of tannin ensures a half-decade of positive growth."
International Wine Cellar
Courtney Benham acquired the historic Martini & Prati winery in July 2003, which is now Martin Ray Winery and the home of their new Tasting Room. The Tasting Room structure, dating back to the 1900's, used to serve as a stable and bunkhouse where Italian immigrants stayed during harvest and crush. The winery also houses a 1 million gallon production facility that is used not only...Read More About Martin Ray
California has nearly 100 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) and accounts for almost 90% of wine production in the United States. In our section of Other California, we include wines from smaller AVAs as well as wines from the California AVA. Here are a few smaller AVAs you may see on the label:
Livermore Valley AVA, located right outside of San Francisco and home to...Read More About Other California
(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux,...Read More About Cabernet Sauvignon
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