MARTIN RAY WINERY RUSSIAN RIVER PINOT NOIR 2015
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Great wine lights a fire in the soul." -Martin Ray

The Vineyards: The Martin Ray Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir is a striking blend of grapes grown in the cool coastal area of the Santa Maria Valley and the Los Alamos appellations. The east-west running valley opens us to the Pacific Ocean, allowing the inland flow of fog and ocean breezes, making this region one of the coolest viticultural areas in California, with a long, steady growing season. Pinot Noir grapes from this region have intense berry flavors and rich colors due to the many microclimates of the valley.

Vintage Notes: The harvest was an excellent vintage for Santa Barbara County. After a cool, wet spring, the vintage moved along quite slowly. This longer than normal ripening period allowed the vines to produce mature, intense fruit without high sugars.

Winemaker's Notes: When it comes to Pinot Noir, we apply traditional Burgundian winemaking techniques. The key to our winemaking is the "intuitive" approach of understanding when to step back and not to over manipulate the wine. Our goal to allow the wine to develop its own depth and distinctive characteristics. The Pinot Noir has a brilliant garnet color and aromas of berries and vanilla. The palate is full and sensual with ripe raspberry and strawberry, elegantly balanced with vanilla. The mouth boasts creamy, supple texture and opulent fruit, fused with smooth but bright flavors on the finish.

Food ' Wine Pairing: Try this Pinot Noir paired with poached salmon in cream sauce or braised pork.

Bottle Size: .750

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