2014 Martin Ray "Coast Grade Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir SKU #1262869


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  • Bryan Brick
    By: Bryan Brick
    K&L Staff Member
    In recent years we’ve seen the resurgence of the Martin Ray name in the California wine industry. Having no real connection to the historic figure that Martin Ray was this brand has quickly become one of the best negociants in the Domestic market. Starting with affordable wines, like their second label Angeline and their myriad of Cabernets through out the state, we’ve quickly become fond of these wines and thing they are near, or at the top of the heap for large production, purchased fruit wines from California. <br> In the last year or two they’ve added a more “reserve” tier to their line up with great sub-appellation wines and single vineyard bottlings that have been very impressive. One of these that really caught our eye was the 2014 Coast Grade Vineyard Pinot Noir which knocked our socks off. Naming this one of my Top 10 Pinot Noirs of the year is high praise but this is firmly entrenched on that list already. Crunchy red and black berry fruits ride a high line with exotic undertones of cardamom and star anise aromatically. Full of life and vibrant this is what Pinot should be but more and more rarely is: a perfect combination of earth, fruit, herbal complexity and subtle spice with acid dictating its pace and focus. Long savory and floral in the finish this lingers on the palate long after it is gone for hauntingly pleasing effect.
  • Ryan Moses
    By: Ryan Moses
    K&L Staff Member
    This was a stop-you-in-your-tracks Pinot Noir for multiple folks in a recent domestic tasting. With a stunning level of refinement, elegance, and depth, it has more in common with the elite $60+ bottlings of Oregon than its neighbors in Northern California. With orange peel, nutmeg, and strawberry aromas up front, the silky palate is full of bright and tart red fruit. Stand-alone it is a real treat, but it'll probably be its best with nearly anything at the dinner table.
  • Gary Norton
    By: Gary Norton
    K&L Staff Member
    The Coast Grade Vineyard is a steep hillside site that is located on the the coastal side of the Santa Cruz Mountains. 2014 was another vintage defined by drought, yields were lower but moderate temperatures enabled the vines to stay healthy and produce some exceptional grapes. Martin Ray's expression from this vineyard is racy and balanced, showing notes of bright cherry, dark berry, dried herbs, cedar and mocha. It's got points, it's got pedigree, and it's delicious.


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