Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Martin Ray Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

Martin Ray Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2012
www.martinraywinery.com

Santa Rosa, California

When it comes to California Pinot, wine from the Russian River Valley AVA is probably my top pick. Centrally located within Sonoma County, the Russian River Valley experiences a relatively cool climate making it just perfect for Pinot!

Review: The Martin Ray Pinot is fairly fruit forward wine -- lots of red berried and cranberries on the nose, and then more luscious, juicy fruits on the palate. There is also a nice spice to the wine -- just a touch of nutmeg and mace -- along with a very subtle nutty caramel. Even with these secondary characteristics, the fruit in the wine is definitely the star. The red berries linger for a surprisingly long finish.

Food Pairing: Definitely a nontraditional pairing choice, but I had this with some leftover Chinese take out (sesame chicken). The sweet sauce really paired nicely with that hint of caramel in the wine! 

Bottom Line: Very nice Pinot for a very nice price (the low side of "High"). I dig it.


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Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2012
  • PLACE: Russian River Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area)
  • GRAPE: Pinot Noir
  • BOOZE: 14.2%
  • CELLAR: Drink now
  • www.martinraywinery.com

Where did I get it? Crystal City Wine Shop
What's the damage? High Priced

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