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2020 Martin Ray Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
2020 Martin Ray Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

Martin Ray
2020 Pinot Noir
, Sonoma Coast

93 Points, James Suckling

Cranberry, ripe Morello cherry with layers of bramble and black raspberry. Fresh red fruit carries throughout with hints of forest floor. Tinges of kola nut, sarsaparilla, and graphite, with silky refined tannins on the silky smooth finish.

Balanced, silky with focused acidity.
Drink now or cellar as many bottles as you can. You will be rewarded.

VINEYARDS

From the cool diurnal shifts in the south, to higher elevations in the North, there is a striking contrast to the concentration of fruit and high acidity. Cool, dry and long growing seasons in this maritime climate are essential, yielding wines of balance and complexity.

VINTAGE NOTES

Although 2020 was met with several hurdles, from historic 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 hang time and lower yields, but the fruit retained bright acidity, resulting in lively wines.

WINEMAKING NOTES

In an effort to produce a wine that pays honorable tribute to the esteemed AVA, we source our grapes from premium sites throughout the region. This blend includes several of the vineyards that have shown as standouts within the vast and rugged Sonoma Coast. Fermented separately in small open-top fermenters with gentle punch-downs. Maintained at moderate temperatures until dry, basket-pressed, and racked to 30% new French oak for 9 months.

Vintage:  2020
Varietal Composition:  100% Pinot Noir
Vineyard:  Ricioli, Cartan Vineyard
Appellation:  Sonoma Coast
Aging:  30% New French Oak for 9 Months
Brix:  24.5
pH:  3.59
TA:  0.57 g/100ml
Alcohol:  13.8%

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