Ray's Station Alexander Valley Merlot 2002 Front Label
Ray's Station Alexander Valley Merlot 2002 Front Label

Ray's Station Alexander Valley Merlot 2002

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    When we describe this wine, we come up with words like lush, rich, dense, concentrated." Hearty." A wine that can bring out the best in grilled game and fish, same as it can with other bold dishes like stews and extravagantly seasoned red-sauce pastas.
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    The wine is round and full bodied with supple tannins." You'll find notes of bright bing cherry, licorse and vanilla." Espresso roast and sweet oak mark its long finish.

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    Ray's Station, California
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    One hundred fifty years ago, retired Captain John Ray planted his first grapes in the Alexander Valley. At the same time, his ranch was becoming renowned as a stagecoach station stop for travellers making the trek through the Mayacamas Mountains to the Geysers.

    Not only popular as a rest stop, Ray's Station was gaining a reputation for its quality regional wines, made from grapes grown in the valley and along the lower slopes of Ray's ranch. Today, the wines of Ray's Station pay tribute to that pioneer spirit with a gutsy, food-friendly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot that are testaments to the character of Captain John Ray.

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    Nearly a northern extension of Napa Valley, Alexander Valley starts just north of the small, Knights Valley, and is just a few minutes drive from the Napa town of Calistoga. It is Sonoma County’s hottest AVA. But the Russian River, which runs through the valley, creates cooler pockets and its soft, alluvial soil is ideal for grape growing, especially Cabernet Sauvignon. In fact, some believe that Alexander Valley Cabernets truly rival the best from Napa Valley and many of the heavy-hitter producers have largely invested here.

    In addition to Cabernet Sauvignon, which makes up over 50% of plantings, Merlot and old vine Zinfandel thrive here. Ample, fleshy Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc dominate white wine production. Some old-vine plantings of Grenache have also been discovered and more recent experiments with Sangiovese and Barbera show great promise.

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    With generous fruit and supple tannins, Merlot is made in a range of styles from everyday-drinking to world-renowned and age-worthy. Merlot is the dominant variety in the wines from Bordeaux’s Right Bank regions of St. Emilion and Pomerol, where it is often blended with Cabernet Franc to spectacular result. Merlot also frequently shines on its own, particularly in California’s Napa Valley. Somm Secret—As much as Miles derided the variety in the 2004 film, Sideways, his prized 1961 Château Cheval Blanc is actually a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

    PBC1144146_2002 Item# 86380

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