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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 grapes for the Martin Ray Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon are grown
on the spectacular Constant-Diamond Mountain Vineyard, which rises to 2200 feet elevation above the Napa Valley floor. The vineyards nestle on a northeastern slope, where mornings are typically brisk and fog-free, while northwesterly
winds continue to cool the vineyard throughout the growing season. This unique mountain vineyard site provides a variety of soils, superior sun exposure, and nighttime cooling—producing small, intense, full-flavored berries.
The 2005 harvest was an excellent vintage for Napa Valley, producing moderate crop
yields. The slow ripening season without heat spikes contributes to the positive qualities of the fruit: intense color,
concentrated flavors and beautiful aromatics. The vintage of 2005 promise wines with elegance, balance and structure.
The winemaking methods used in creating the 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 our 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 rich, round tannins. Thirty-six months in French oak—45 percent in new
oak barrels and 65 percent in 1–4 year old oak barrels—intensifies 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 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.
"Diamond Mountain, rising above St. Helena in the Mayacamas range, always produces very tannic wines, but in the best of cases, such as this Cab, they're also lush and approachable at a young age. Made from 100% varietal grapes, it's deep and dense in black currants and chocolate, with forest notes of wild herbs and lavender. New oak provides even richer levels of smoke, caramel and vanilla. Now through 2013."
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
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...Read More About Napa Valley
(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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