Rays Station Alexander Valley Merlot 2001

Merlot from Sonoma County, California

Price: $17.99
Item No. 79217

Winemaker's Notes

The 2001 Ray's Station Merlot is lush with berry and cherry flavors with just a hint of mint. It has a soft palate and is also easy and well balanced on the finish. A delicious pairing with coq au vin.

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One hundred fifty years ago, retired Captain John Ray planted his first grapes in the Alexander Valley. At the same time, his ranch was becoming renowned as a stagecoach station stop for travellers making the trek through the Mayacamas Mountains to the Geysers. Not only popular as a rest stop, Ray's Station was gaining a reputation for its quality regional wines, made from...

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Learn About Sonoma County

Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...

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Learn About Merlot

Merlot(mehr-LOW) No second fiddle Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St...

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