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Date Printed: 12/21/2014
Martin Ray Santa Barbara Pinot Noir 2011
Martin Ray Santa Barbara Pinot Noir 2011
(search item no. 120975)
screw cap wine


PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir has a balanced, ripe aroma profile of juicy, cranberry-raspberry fruit, highlighted by a touch of earthiness. The soft, textured palate of inviting bright cherry is layered with flavors of rhubarb, smoke, forest floor and spice. This Pinot has excellent structure and a full finish.

Try this Pinot Noir paired with poached salmon in cream sauce, pork with mushrooms or roasted Cornish game hen.

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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.