Martin Ray Santa Cruz Reserve Chardonnay 2009

Chardonnay from Santa Cruz Mountains, California

Price: $30.00 $19.99
Save $10.01 (33%)
Item No. 110324
  • WE91
Style: Rich & Creamy

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.6%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.

Winemaker's Notes

One-hundred percent barrel fermented with ten months of aging in French oak barrels sur-lies develops rounder, creamier texture in the wine. Our Bald Mountain Chardonnay is a light straw color and begins with delicate, layered aromas of oak spice, lemon and ripe orchard fruit. Bright flavors of ripe peach, nectarine, honey, pineapple, citrus and vanilla crème continue in this elegantly structured wine with moderate acidity that gives it a rich, silky balance.

Critical Acclaim

"Opulent, brimming with delicious pineapple custard, green apple pie, buttered toast, vanilla cream and cinnamon spice flavors. Bright acidity provides all the balance this delightful Chardonnay needs."
91 Points

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Learn About Martin Ray Map ItMap It

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...

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Learn About Santa Cruz Mountains

The Santa Cruz Mountain appellation encompasses the land between Half Moon Bay in the north and Mount Madonna (just near Monterey) in the south. Producing wine since the early 1800's, some of these wineries have been around for quite some time, mingling their vineyard lands with the sprawling redwood forests. Notable Facts Even though the climate can be challenging, and only 1500...

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Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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