Rays Station Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

Cabernet Sauvignon from North Coast, California

Price: $13.79
Item No. 91880

Winemaker's Notes

Ray's Station decided to add some Merlot and 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 French oak barrels coopered to their specifications. That encouraged cedar and vanilla fragrances to develop.

The finished wine is dark, ruby-red. It is well-balanced and quite complex. Flexible tannins meet layers of red and black fruit. There are raspberries and blackberries. Some hints of cocoa and coffee may also show up.

This wine is lush, rich, dense, concentrated. Hearty. It's 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.

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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