Rays Station North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Cabernet Sauvignon from North Coast, California

Price: $19.29 $16.79
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Item No. 93222
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Winemaker's Notes

In 2005, there was a long, dry season that gave Ray's Station the luxury of some extended hang time for their fruit. As a result, the crop offered an intensity that just naturally suits their style of winemaking.

In describing this wine, words like lush, rich, dense and concentrated come readily to mind. Hearty. A wine that can bring out the best in grilled game and fish, same as it can with other bold dishes like stews and extravagantly seasoned red-sauce pastas.

Ray's Station decided to add some Syrah, Merlot and just a small amount of Cabernet Franc to this wine to bring about spicy aromatics and plump up the mid-palate. They also aged the wine in small oak barrels, which encouraged cedar and vanilla fragrances to develop.

What they ended up with is a dark, ruby-red wine with a fruit-driven nose that hints at black cherry, plums, exotic spice and vanilla. On the palate, the fruit is balanced by tannins that are approachable. Look for a lingering vanilla oak sweetness.

Learn About Rays Station Map ItMap It

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 North Coast

Beyond Napa and Sonoma in the north you find a couple of other counties producing great wine. Among these are Mendocino and Lake County. The northernmost California winegrowing regions, these two counties are right above Napa and Sonoma, geographically. Yet, wine-wise they are very different - both from their southern neighbors and from each other. Notable Facts Mendocino...

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Learn About Cabernet Sauvignon

(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,...

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