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This 2018 vintage of Martin Ray Sonoma County Pinot Noir is sourced from Richioli, Cartan, and Tina Marie vineyards. Record setting rain and cooler temperatures lengthened dormancy, with first signs of budbreak mid-March. Hotter than average days in June and July brought harvest mid-August with lower than average yields across all varieties. The grapes were fermented separately in small open-top fermenters with gentle punch-downs that were maintained at moderate temperatures until dry, basket-pressed and racked to 35% new French oak for 11 months. The wine expresses tastes of fresh pomegranate, strawberry, ripe Bing cherry with notes of sarsaparilla. Tart cranberry carries throughout with a touch of mace and silky refined tannins. Perfect to pair with grilled meats such as duck, chicken or lamb.
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