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Date Printed: 7/13/2014
Martin Ray Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Martin Ray Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
(search item no. 106914)
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 7/13/2014: $19.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, aged for twenty-four months in French oak barrels, begins with ever-changing aromas, characteristic of mountain fruit. Ripe plum and lush vanilla overtones back aromatics thick with exotic spice and black currant fruit. This opulent palate is reminiscent of classic Martin Ray Cabernet Sauvignon. This bright and robust wine with superb balance and structure is full of lush plum and cherry flavors, layered with vanilla oak that extend into an elegant finish.

Pair our Cabernet Sauvignon with a dish of roasted rack of lamb topped with fresh mint and Dijon mustard or your favorite cut of steak.

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About Martin Ray:

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 for wine production, but also as a 'custom crush' facility where over 20 clients crush their grapes and produce their wine.

Established in 1881 as the Twin Fir Winery, the historic site is distinguished as the oldest winery in continuous operation in Sonoma County and one of the oldest wineries in California. The winery was able to stay in operation during prohibition by selling sacramental wines by train to Rabbis through a winery in New York. Originally known as Martini & Prati, which was established in 1902, the winery was run by five generations of the Martini family and associated with the local Italian-American community that still includes the Sebastiani's, the Foppiano's, the Pedroncelli's and the Seghesio's.