Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Santa Cruz Mountains    California   
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Date Printed: 7/28/2014
Martin Ray Santa Cruz Mountains Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Martin Ray Santa Cruz Mountains Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
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Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/28/2014: $28.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon is a distinctive wine with beautiful balance and solid, bright structure. Inviting, elegant aromas of blackberry, Bing cherry, baking spices (nutmeg, clove and allspice), pipe tobacco and cedar delight the nose. The mouthfeel is lusciously rich and loaded with flavors of blackberry and spice. These flavors linger on through the long, delicious finish. Due to its unique style, this wine will maintain interest and liveliness for years to come.

Enjoy our Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon alongside roast beef with sautéed mushrooms and garlic mashed potatoes or roasted rack of lamb.

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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.