Martin Ray Russian River Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Front Label
Martin Ray Russian River Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Front Label

Martin Ray Russian River Sauvignon Blanc 2015

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750ML / 13.8% ABV
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750ML / 13.8% ABV

Winemaker Notes

This complex wine is easily one of our favorite Sauvignon Blancs in a stretch of already exemplary vintages. Strong notes of ripe pear, and golden apple with undertones of tropical guava and mango are contrasted with citrusy lime zest, tangerine, and a hint of minerality. The palate boasts a flawless carry-through from the front to the back, with a pop of clean, refined acid at the finish.

Pair with grilled calamari steaks and summer succotash.

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Lemon pith and honey-vanilla provide substance to a floral, light and lingering wine also accented in melon that's food-friendly and refreshing.
WW 90
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
One of best qualities of the Russian River Valley is its diversity. While known mostly for excellent Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, Sauvignon Blanc has been quietly making headway and is now taking center stage. The 2015 Martin Ray offers pleasing aromas and flavors of ripe core fruit, melon, and dried herbs. The wine's supple finish makes it an elegant choice with oven-baked chicken. Drinking well now. (Tasted: July 8, 2016, San Francisco, CA)
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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.

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A standout region for its decidedly Californian take on Burgundian varieties, the Russian River Valley is named for the eponymous river that flows through it. While there are warm pockets of the AVA, it is mostly a cool-climate growing region thanks to breezes and fog from the nearby Pacific Ocean.

Chardonnay and Pinot Noir reign supreme in Russian River, with the best examples demonstrating a unique combination of richness and restraint. The cool weather makes Russian River an ideal AVA for sparkling wine production, utilizing the aforementioned varieties. Zinfandel also performs exceptionally well here. Within the Russian River Valley lie the smaller appellations of Chalk Hill and Green Valley. The former, farther from the ocean, is relatively warm, with a focus on red and white Bordeaux varieties. The latter is the coolest, foggiest parcel of the Russian River Valley and is responsible for outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

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