2014 Martin Ray Winery Pinot Noir Coast Grade Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains

“Forthright, but it finishes sweeter than it begins...”

2014 Martin Ray Winery Pinot Noir Coast Grade Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains
The Coast Grade vineyard’s stony soils lie along the western face of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The site is farmed by the Beauregard family. The 2014 vintage was low-yielding, and fruit presented in small clusters. It was fermented in open-top stainless, then basket pressed and aged for 14 months in 55 percent new French oak.

The wine is a deep garnet color, and it’s somewhat closed and unyielding at first. With an hour of air it unfurls a pink floral fragrance topped by resinous herbs and brambly berries. The tannins are modest, but its acidity and green herbal aspect are sharp and direct. A refreshing wine with linearity, very forthright, although it finishes sweeter than it begins.

13.9% abv | $40 (sample)

 

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