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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.
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.
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...Read More About Rays Station
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.
Mendocino...Read More About North Coast
(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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