Martin Ray Winery

Owner(s) Courtney Benham
Web site www.martinray-winery.com
 
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Martin Ray Winery

The historic Martini & Pratti Winery was acquired by Courtney Benham in 2003 and renamed Martin Ray Winery. Benham acquired the rights to the Martin Ray label from Ray's family. There are two lines of wines: Angeline and Martin Ray. The winemaker is veteran Bryan Davison. Multiple varieties are produced including a Martin Ray Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara County, and Reserve Pinot Noirs from Green Valley of Russian River Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains, and Sonoma Coast. A more value-oriented line of wines is produced under the Angeline Winery name.

The tasting room, dating to the 1900s, is open daily (Thursday thru Monday during the Winter). 219 Laguna Road, Santa Rosa, CA. 707-823-2404

Reviewed Wines

2012 Martin Ray Reserve Green Valley of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., pH 3.66, TA 0.54, $35. Released November 2013. Tasting room only. Sourced from the Tina Marie Vineyard. Harvest Brix 24.4ยบ. 100% de-stemmed, aged 11 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Very exotic aromas of spice, wild berries and earthy flora. Delicious essence of fresh black raspberries and blackberries that makes a statement on the mid palate. A touch of spicy oak adds interest, the acidity is nicely integrated, and the tannins are soft and composed. A stunning wine that finishes with uncommon length. Wow! Score: 94. Reviewed July 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Martin Ray Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., pH 3.63, $35. Released June 2014. Tasting room only. Aged 16 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Grandiose aromas of boysenberry jam, spiced black cherries, and earthy flora. Mid to full-bodied cherry fruit graced by sinewy tannins and a touch of oak. A little wild and feral in nature. Very intriguing with a good thrust of fruit on the aromatic finish. Score: 92. Reviewed July 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Martin Ray Reserve Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., pH 3.60, $40. Released November 2013. Sourced from Cooper-Garrod Vineyards. Aged 12 months in 40% new French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. The nose is really elevating over time in the glass, offering aromas of black cherry, spice, dark chocolate and wet clay. Mid to full-bodied core of fresh dark cherries, black raspberries and plums with an earthy undertone. Fine-grain tannins create a satisfying mouth feel, and a deep, generous dark cherry and berry finish leaves a pleasant smile. This wine becomes more interesting over time, always a sign of age ability. Score: 91. Reviewed July 19, 2014 ARTICLE »