2016 Martin Ray Sonoma County Pinot Noir (Elsewhere $25) SKU #1362267

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K&L Notes

Sourced from some of the most famous vineyards in Sonoma including Ricioli in Russian River Valley and Sangiacomo in Carneros. Winemaker's Notes: "This Pinot Noir exemplifies the 2016 vintage, carrying all the expected traits of an exemplary growing season in Russian River Valley, as well as Carneros. The nose offers freshly macerated raspberry, cherry bramble, and spicy cola, which leads into tart cranberry, a subtle touch of nutmeg and silky refined tannins. French oak barrels lend support with hints of creamy vanilla without overpowering the fresh, fruit-forward palate."

Staff Reviews

  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    This delivers everything you could ask for in a classic Sonoma Pinot Noir at a ridiculously low price. Our longtime partners at Martin Ray have simply packed this wine full of juicy, brambly, spicy red fruit. Hints of warm earth, baking spice and summer berry compote fill the palate. Fruit forward and crowd pleasing, yet with enough restraint and fresh acidity to appeal to lovers of more restrained Pinot also. The fruit comes from some of the most highly regarded vineyards in Russian River and Carneros. I'm not sure how they made such a dynamite Pinot for this price point...but I'm certainly not complaining!
    Top Value!
  • Gary Norton
    By: Gary Norton
    K&L Staff Member
    Notes of dried black cherries, elderberry compote, crushed blackberries, cola and a hint of Porcini hold together wonderfully within this gorgeously rich and seductive Pinot Noir. The fact it carries a sub-$20 price-tag only compounds the upside to this stunning bottle. Go big on this one, trust me, it won't be here for long.
  • Ryan Moses
    By: Ryan Moses
    K&L Staff Member
    Refined, complex, and rewarding Pinot Noir is something we always search for, and when it comes in at under $20 it quickly becomes one of our most popular wines. This has all the signs of being that best-selling gem of 2018. Expressive aromatics of red flowers, currant, mint, and bing cherry lead to a luxuriously textured palate full of bright red fruit. The finish lingers, carrying on for a good thirty seconds. Splendid by itself, there's enough spice, grip, and acidity that it will pair beautifully with a variety of meals. Enjoy anytime over the next five-plus years, but don't miss out on it while it's still available.


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