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2016 Martin Ray Estate Grown Clone 37 Pinot Noir

Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased upon release

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RATINGS

92+ The Wine Advocate

...earthy notes of mossy bark, black truffles and fallen leaves with a core of red and black cherries and black raspberries plus a waft of spice box. Medium-bodied with a fantastic intensity of perfumed cherry flavors and earthy accents, it features a fine-grained frame and lively backbone, finishing with great length.

92James Suckling

...brightness and intensity with lemon rind, dried strawberries and a light wet earth character...

REGION

United States, California, Sonoma, Russian River Valley

Russian River Valley AVA is named for the river that meanders from Mendocino County in the north until it finally runs into the Pacific Ocean north of San Francisco. The AVA is cool thanks to its proximity to the northern California coast and the river, and grape growers must learn to deal with regular fog. Nevertheless in recent decades the AVA has become one of the best in the state, meaning that its wines often earn excellent reviews and have considerable cachet. The AVA status was awarded in 1983 and today the appellation has 15,000 vineyard acres. Chardonnay is the most widely planted grape though Pinot Noir has also been very successful in recent decades. Russian River Valley Pinot Noir are known for being rich, lush and filled with concentrated fruit and berry flavors. Russian River Pinot Noirs are today considered some of the best domestic Pinot Noirs.

TYPE

Red Wine, Pinot Noir

This red wine is relatively light and can pair with a wide variety of foods. The grape prefers cooler climates and the wine is most often associated with Burgundy, Champagne and the U.S. west coast. Regional differences make it nearly as fickle as it is flexible.