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2020 Martin Ray Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon
2020 Martin Ray Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon

Martin Ray
2020 Cabernet Sauvignon
, Stags Leap District
Napa Valley

93 Points, James Suckling

Cherry and black raspberry and chaparral on the nose.  Currant, blackberry, mulberry and white pepper offer a savory finish that contrasts the hints of vanilla.  Always the most accessible of their Napa Cabernets. Defined by its subtlety, this bottling offers bright red fruits, graceful mouthfeel, and sinewy tannins.  Medium body. Racy, fine finish. Very drinkable now and will only get better with time in the cellar.


From a collection of tiny vineyard blocks encompassing several row orientations and slopes, all carefully planted to optimize sun exposure, in soil that is composed of ancient volcanic alluvial runoff.


Fermented in small 4-6 ton open top fermenters. Maintained moderate temperature until dry, and then basket pressed. Aged in 45% new French oak for 18 months.


Although 2020 was met with several hurdles, from historical fires to a global pandemic, we will forever recall the vintage to be one of resilience, perseverance, and unity.  Shifts in temperature throughout the season resulted in shorter hangtime and lower yields, but the fruit retained bright acidity, resulting in lively wines.  Diligence in testing coupled with a dedicated team proved key to navigating 2020. While yields may be a bit lessened, quality was fantastic.

Consulting Winemaker:  Keith Emerson
Varietal Composition:  100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation:  Stags Leap District, Napa Valley
Aging:  Aged in 45% new French oak for 18 months.
Brix:  24.6
pH:  3.79
TA:  0.58 g/100ml
Alcohol:  13.8%

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